- Series: Barbara Holloway Novels
- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Mira (March 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1551668726
- ISBN-13: 978-1551668727
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Death Qualified (Barbara Holloway Novels) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2002
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The lead character, is established to be emotionally damaged, and tends to wander from place to place in order to avoid bonding eith anyone. She returns home when her father request she do so, in doing so she ends up taking over a murder trial that he feels he can not win.
The author made a good attempt at creating a readable story, but when it is all said and done I felt that the plot was 2 dimensional rather 3, it needed something more. I also felt this with Barbara , she’s suppose to represent this sophisticated brilliant lawyer, but has become extremely cynical of her profession and colleagues after one bad experience, on the other hand she is emotionally immature, (plot details clarify this).
As for the ending, it was disappointing to say the least, it’s like the author was bord and wanted to wrap up with Barbra plotline and move to what I consider an annoying but disturbing cliff hanger. In my opinion it needed a better ending so I wrote one myself in my head.
I know this is critical, and I shouldn’t be, so let me say I have a lot of respect for anyone who can create a story and have guts enough to submit it for publishing. I’ll read another book in this series because I think there is room for growth with the various characters.
I could have lived with this being a mystery/courtroom drama, but Wilhelm goes well beyond that. Her courtroom scenes are nothing great. When you read something remarkable like Tom Wolfe or the best of Turow, you are sucked into the unfolding scene and it reads as crisply as any genre. Here, the story is slow, not much new occurs, and in the end your scratching your head. When the courtroom scenes end however, you are left with several chapters, so you know more will occur. But just what does transpire is such hogwash that you loose all respect for the book. The scifi stuff is not only silly, but unexplained as to what it might pertain, why the seeming bad guys are bad and why the heck this is here at all.
Lastly, the end is one of the worst I have ever read. This book goes from a great start to just plain awful. I cant stress enough how mad you will be come the last few pages. Not only could you have preticted this sort of very easily, but it reaks. This story reaks of ineptitude. Stay away from Death Qualified or you might find yourself not reading another book for a good while due to the bad taste it leaves in your mouth.