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Cruel Justice [Mass Market Paperback]

William Bernhardt
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Dec 28 1996
"A thoroughly entertaining page-turner."
--Phillip Margolin

Leeman Hayes, a black teenager in Tulsa, is accused of brutally murdering a young woman. As attorney Ben Kincaid struggles to pull together a defense, a young boy is falling into the clutches of a child molester. Ten-year-old Abie Rutherford, lonely and desperate for approval, thinks the handsome, smiling stranger in the baseball cap might be that friend he has longed for.

When Abie Rutherford vanishes without a trace one hot summer day, Ben Kincaid, like everyone else in Tulsa, fears the worst. Then a bone-chilling discovery compels Ben to forge a link between the missing boy and the seemingly hopeless case of Leeman Hayes--thereby igniting the fuse for the most explosive courtroom case of Ben's career.

"An enthralling murder mystery . . . The ending is both surprising and explosive."
--The Sunday Oklahoman

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The loyalty of suspense and mystery fans is not fickle, so long as the author produces credible characters and allows them to develop; humor and a certain feckless quality in a major character are lagniappe and much appreciated. Cruel Justice is just such a treat. Tulsa defense lawyer Ben Kincaid finds himself with a hopeless case. His client is a mentally challenged, confessed killer. Moreover, there's a serial killer on the loose in the city, Ben's sister hands him a baby and disappears, and his mother comes to town. Ben and his helpers scramble against the clock to develop a defense for his client. The author plays fair, dropping clues in all the right places and building the scaffolding for the sequel. If the humor is occasionally a bit broad and the minor characters a bit one-dimensional, true genre fans won't care; they will be too busy hunting for Bernhardt's previous books (e.g., Double Jeopardy, Ballantine, 1995) and waiting for the next. For all popular collections.
-?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Here Bernhardt reintroduces attorney Ben Kinkaid, absent from his previous book, Double Jeopardy , to star in another superb legal thriller. Bernhardt is expert at maintaining a keep-'em-guessin' quality as Kinkaid, a lawyer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, becomes involved in a an old murder case: a woman was found impaled by a golf club in the country-club caddy shack. One of the caddies was incarcerated, but because of problems stemming from his limited mental faculties, he is being brought to trial 10 years after the murder occurred. Kinkaid reluctantly takes the case, for a voice keeps telling him he needs to pursue a practice loftier than representing "hard-luck stories." Meanwhile, a rash of child molestation and murder has thrown the city into a panic. Twists and turns and several subplots only add to the deliciousness of the complicated story line as Kinkaid unearths connections between Tulsa's upper crust and the city's drug-dealing underworld. Those very connections eventually answer the question of who really was the golf club^-wielding murderer. Wonderfully diverting reading. Brad Hooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Light Reading Nov. 22 2003
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This book, as well as the previous ones provides an entertaining time without the overly twisted plot some other authors within the legal thrillers category elaborate. The Kincaid books also have a good amount of humor and the side stories relating to Ben Kincaid, his assistant, mother, sister and ex brother in law provide an extra appeal to the series. This side stories make it worthwile to read the books in order, which is what I am doing.
If you are looking to have a good time with a book that reads fast and easy, this is one of your best options.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining June 27 2002
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I really liked this story. I liked how he tied the two different storylines together in the end. This book is funny at times, suspenseful, and an all around enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but some flaws April 10 2002
I enjoy reading Bernhardt's Kincaid novels because they mix entertainment with courtroom drama. Granted, Bernhardt doesn't seem to be the greatest of them all, but the stories are usually amusing and deliver a great deal of entertainment although sometimes they are a little too far off from reality. I actually do like the other side-stories within the main plot, unlike other reviewers here, but some things are strange: If a car takes a sharp left curve, how can the right wheels almost lift off the street? I probably got the idea of gravity and physics totally wrong all these years...who reviewed this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUSTICE FOR ALL! Feb. 1 2002
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William Bernhardt has written another good book. I really wish the world had a lot of Ben Kincaids in it, but I doubt it does. Ben is defending an retarted man who is accused of killing a woman ten years ago. The story also includes another man who is taking young boys and making them do sexual things before he kills them. How do these two things connect?? Have to read to find out but you will. Ben, Mike Morelli, Christina McCall, Jones and Loving are all involved. The story will hold your attention from beginning to end. The court room drama is very good. Morelli is, as usual, a very good detective. The ending will surprise you, or it did me, anyway. Ben even gets closer to his Mother in this one. This is book five, would suggest reading them in order, if possible, they will make a better connection.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Amaturish June 10 2000
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This is a story of a poor, struggling lawyer who takes on a case that's impossible to win and pays no money. He wins. Fame and fortune follow. This story has been done over and over and been done better. The opening court scene is a ploy to set up animosity between attorney Ben Kincaid and the prosecutor, his former friend, and is just plain silly. There are attempts to bolster the main plot with side issues...Kincaid's sister unexpectedly leaves her baby with him...his mother shows up...his ex-brother-in-law is tracking a child molester. The main story line, which was mildly interesting, could have been expanded and stood on it's own. As it was, all the little side stories only detract from the main plot and weaken an otherwise good idea for a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something you cannot put down Nov. 2 1999
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I have read all of his books and he keeps getting better. I can feel every moment, see every scene, and hear every word spoken. I would like to see these books, or a few of them, be made into a movie. I would love to play the part.
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