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Summary

Judge Richard Quinn is young, idealistic, and honest to a fault. That's why he's handed the most sensational homicide case in Oregon history. Locked in a race for the U.S. Senate, Ellen Crease gunned down the intruder who murdered her wealthy husband. In a single, brutal instant she became a widow, a victim, and a hero.

Yet disturbing questions remain. What secrets did the man who started his fortune running mortuaries keep that might have cost him his life? What about the son frozen out of his will? Or his wife's political enemies? And what about Ellen Crease herself?

Soon it becomes clear that a deadly plot of murder, blackmail, passion, and double cross is unfolding around Judge Richard Quinn. And unless he breaks the rules, justice will not only be blind, it will be the final victim.

©1998 Phillip Margolin (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Vaughn
  • 17-05-13

Read the book, forget the audio

What didn’t you like about Eric Dawe’s performance?

Mr. Dawe read in such a monotonous tone that I could not finish listening. I read this book in 1998 when it was first released and it made me an instant fan of Phillip Margolin. I have either read or listened to all of his books as a result of reading this book. I decided to go back and listen to the book since it has been 15 years since I read it. I have listened to over 100 books through Audible and this is the first time I can remember where I stopped listening because of the narrator. I was seriously disappointed.

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This is a very entertaining book and well worth the read, but I couldn't listen to it.

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  • Debbie
  • 20-12-12

Disappointing narration

The story was good, but the narration was not. It sounded garbled, and the speed did not seem right no matter what I tried. It distracted from the story.

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  • Brad Zerkel
  • 13-06-12

Worst narrator ever

I love this author but the narrator ruined the whole thing for me
I’m going to have to read this because this was so bad .. the story may have been better with multiple narrators.

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  • Napagal
  • 02-02-12

Narrator just ruined this story for me

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I thought the storyline was interesting and I did keep listening, but the narrator trying too hard to do each different male and female was beyond awful. It was like chalk on a blackboard

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  • bryan1214
  • 22-11-11

very good read

I've read just about every book by this author and this is up there with the best. Excellent story and Narrator!

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  • Gail
  • 20-04-18

Ugh ... the narrator.

This is one of Margolin's early books and wasn't his best (I love most of his books) but the narrator RUINED this story and made it almost impossible to finish. Dawe does the silly female voices, dumb male voices, is staccato and sounds like he is reading poorly, rather than performing. I won't be able to buy other books by this narrator.

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  • Ronda Snyder
  • 20-10-13

Another case of narration ruining a good story

I loved the story line and probably would have been more involved in the characters if the narration wasn't so whiny and poorly read. If Jay Snyder, Lou Diamond Phillips or another narrator who had acting skills and a better delivery narrated this book, it would have been so much better. Sadly, another case of buy the book or don't bother.

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  • Dawn
  • 09-05-12

Great book!!

I really enjoyed this audio book. This author keeps your attention and you can count that there is always a twist to the story.

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  • Kaye
  • 30-04-12

The Undertakers Widow

Good story with lots of twist & turns and while I was fairly sure I knew the real culprit wasn't totally sure until almost the very end.

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  • Chila
  • 08-01-12

A quick, uncomplicated good read.

What did you love best about The Undertaker's Widow?

Mystery

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Develop the characters with more interaction between them and not make the plot so predictable.

What aspect of Eric Dawe’s performance would you have changed?

Some of the voices were too over-the -top.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Laura and the Judge reunite.

Any additional comments?

I will continue to read Margolis