Murder One (Ben Kincaid #10)
by William Bernhardt (Goodreads Author)
The crime is remarkably heinous: veteran police detective Joe McNaughton is found savagely slain, mutilated, and hung from a public fountain in downtown Tulsa. The accused is a tabloid reporter’s dream: stunning, nineteen-year-old Keri Dalcanton, a stripper involved in a kinky affair with the married McNaughton. Crusading attorney Kincaid takes up her defense. But when a p...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Fawcett
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I enjoyed all the Ben Kincaid series - they're exciting and fun. Over time they got more and more graphically violent, though, and I didn't think that was a touch the books, including this one, needed. Bernhardt's defense attorney main character is so gentle and mild that the shocking brutality of many of the crimes seems like it would be too much for him to handle effectively - we're talking about a guy who took about eight books before he got up the nerve to kiss his assistant.
Lawyer Ben Kincaid defends an exotic dancer accused of killing her policeman lover. He is able to get the case dismissed when it is revealed that the policeman never presented the search warrant requested but used a presigned warrant. The police get a warrant to search his office where the murder weapon is found and thus get an appeals court to reopen the murder trial without double jeopardy. Meanwhile the police arrest Ben and put the squeeze on him at the same time his client puts on her moves...more
I am a fan of William Bernhardt's Ben Kinkaid series, having read all the "Justice" and "Capital" titles. This is the first of his middle period books that I've read and I have to say it is the best of all those I've read. Seeing Christina in the courtroom is wonderful. Having to try the same case twice is wonderful. But the twists and turns and surprises in this book are so skillfully crafted that it is truly a writing tour de force. Bernhardt is at the top of his game in this one. When I finis...more
William Bernhardt rivals and sometimes surpases John Grisham in the genre of legal thrillers. This is a prime example of a well-crafted story with Ben Kincaid serving as the young lawyer charged with defending an unlikely suspect with all the evidence stacked against her.
William loves his job and it shows in his writing. Library Journal has called him the "master of the courtroom drama;" his books have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. The Vancouver Sun dubbed him "the American equivalent of P.G. Wodehouse and John Mortimer." His novel Dark Eye was a psychological thriller that, in the words of bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, "will chill you while i...moreMore about William Bernhardt...