Sleight of Hand

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kate Wilhelm
Narrator: Anna Fields
Genres: Thriller, Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: November 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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When a seemingly simple case turns complicated, respected attorney Barbara Holloway must rethink her game plan. Gregarious Las Vegas entertainer and ex-con Wally Lederer claims he's turned his life around. But when Jay Wilkins, a childhood friend, accuses Wally of stealing a valuable artifact, it's up to Barbara to ferret out the truth. Wally swears he's innocent. But when a murder takes place and the police name Wally as their prime suspect, Barbara knows he is in serious trouble. As Barbara begins to ?dig up the dirt, ? she is shocked to learn that Jay's wife is now missing and that Jay himself is far from being the upstanding businessman he claimed to be. Before long, new evidence points toward an unlikely killer. But the truth that would protect her client could jeopardize another life she means to save.

Reviews (2)

Great Story

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on March 10th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Kate Wilhelm creates such interesting characters and the defendant is her best so far. Anna Fields does a good job narrating the book. Barbara is at her best defending a former pick pocket of murder and the D.A. has only guess work to base their case. Lots of courtroom drama and suspense. You will enjoy this story.

Sleight of Hand

Written by Margo on September 7th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like the Barbara Holloway books - they are light but interesting and the characters are engaging. They always leave you wondering what will happen to Barbara in the next book. Makes the car ride go quickly.

Author Details

Author Details

Wilhelm, Kate

Kate Wilhelm's first novel was a mystery, published in 1963. She has recently returned to writing mysteries with her Barbara Holloway novels. Over the span of her career, her writing has crossed over the genres of Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, fantasy and magical realism; psychological suspense, mimetic, comic, and family sagas, a multimedia stage production, and radio plays. Her works have been adapted for television and movies in the United States, England, and Germany. Wilhelm's novels and stories have been translated to more than a dozen languages. She has contributed to Quark, Orbit, Fiction and & Science Fiction magazine, Locus, Amazing, Asimov's, Ellery Queen, Fantastic Stories, Omni, and Orbit.

Wilhelm and her husband, Damon Knight (1922-2002), also provided invaluable assistance to numerous other writers over the years. Their teaching careers covered a span of several decades, and hundreds of students, many of whom are famous names in the field by their own rights today. They helped to establish the Clarion Writer's Workshop and the Milford Writer's Conference. They have lectured together at universities in South America and Asia. They have been the guests of honor and panelists at numerous conventions around the world. Wilhelm continues to host monthly workshops, as well as teach at other events. She is an avid supporter of local libraries and participates in fundraisers when she is able to.

Kate Wilhelm currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. On her spare time she likes to garden.