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Criminal Intent (Ben Kincaid #11)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  415 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
When a priest with radical ideas and a parish council with traditional values lock horns over the beliefs they hold most sacred, there’s bound to be controversy—and consequences. But murder crosses the line between committing a sin and committing a crime, turning a battle over faith into a battle for justice. And smack in the middle of the explosive case is Tulsa attorney ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Fawcett (first published August 27th 2002)
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Aug 31, 2014 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it has the humor and interesting plot twists that all of this series features. What I really didn't like was the defendant, Ben Kincaid's client. I don't expect all of his clients to be angels - defense lawyers frequently are called on to defend reprehensible people, some of whom are actually innocent. Of course innocence is generally the case in novels where the hero is a defense lawyer.

I had a hard time with the Reverend Beale even before a startling revelation comes
Feb 19, 2014 Fred rated it did not like it
Wish I could give it a minus! Total disappointment! 75 percent done and he introduced a wife swapping plot that became ridiculous. Tried to skim beyond and it just plunged into absurdity. Don't waste a dime in this loser. Won't read another Bernhardt after this atrocity!
Ben W
Feb 23, 2014 Ben W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, law
This is the first novel that I have read by William Bernhardt, and I except that it will not be my last. It is an easy and quick read, offering enough suspense and intrigue to keep one continually leafing through the pages, right until the end.

A fascinating and highly entertaining legal, courtroom thriller, with plot twists on top of plot twists, William Bernhardt skillfully intertwines the law, politics, religion, and sex in this 10th novel of the Ben Kincaid series. In the end it also becomes
Rick Ludwig
Feb 02, 2012 Rick Ludwig rated it really liked it
WIlliam Bernhardt brings us a complicated and challenging story with an extremely imperfect major character in the person of a radical Episcopal priest, who has made a critical difference in our protagonist, Ben Kincaid's life. There are a number of finely drawn characters in this story, few of whom completely capture our empathy, but all of whom combine to make an intriguing story. There are a number of twists in this one and twists on twists, but it all resolves in a very believable way. The f ...more
Sep 07, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it
Another new author. The setting for this one is Tulsa , OK where lawyer Ben Kincaid is a member of the choir of the St. Benedict’s Episcopal church and he is acting a defense lawyer for Father Daniel Beal, the rector. There has been a murder in the church prayer garden and Father Beal was suspected, but no proof to arrest him. The trial is an ecclesiastical trial because the parishioners, particularly the vestry members want to oust him. Father Beal is very liberal and the parishioners are not, ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Carly rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book was ok. I don't know much about literary criticism, but while I was reading this, I just kept thinking "this is so sophomoric" I'm not really sure what that phrase means...but I the plot was good, funny--the writing a total flop.

So the plot: there is a preacher who finds himself in the middle of a murder trial after three of his church members were killed, and all signs point to him. Now most of the time we might not think that a preacher is capable of murder, but as the trial unfolds
Kaye Wyly
Jul 28, 2015 Kaye Wyly rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
well...I finished it...some good plot had a point to prove about the innocent men and women serving time in prison...and I applaud that...but Bernhardt turned a good story into ridiculous with a sex twist...that could have been left out and maybe had a decent your time...pass on this one...
Margaret Schwind
Nice summer legal thriller.
Paul Chan
Jan 04, 2014 Paul Chan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: joe
I liked this book very much,it's well written,with good characters,some I thought could have been developed more,I don't wish to be a spoiler so I'm not saying anything else,but I felt the outcome was reaching a little,but that's just my opinion,In the end a good read,highly entertaining
Oct 04, 2011 Penny rated it it was ok
I've read all the previous Ben Kincaid books. This is probably my least favorite. I think the reason is that the defendant, Ben's friend and priest, isn't very likable. It's hard to care what happens to him.

I liked all the others in this series so well that I'll probably continue the series. No reason not to hope that the others will be as good as all the first ones rather than this one.
Dec 09, 2010 Teddy rated it really liked it
This is the first Ben Kincaid book I have read. I liked the characters and he certainly kept me guessing as to who dunnit. I liked the interesting and controversial subject matter as well.

I wasn't overly thrilled with the ending as I felt that it wasn't all resolved, but I am hoping he will pick up the story line again in the next book.
Aziz Belhadi
Apr 12, 2013 Aziz Belhadi rated it liked it
I found the story at the beginning when the murders were committed and father Beal was the main suspect very interesting, even the hole interrogation of the witnesses during the trail kept me tide to the story,
But how the trail ended en the murder cases were solved, were to my point of view very disappointing and less exciting,
May 17, 2013 Eric rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
Not up to the same standards as Bernhardt's other work. The overt socio-political message and unnecessary journals from the priest drowned the story. The plot felt slow and in the end didn't tie together. If you like legal novels choose another from the Bernhardt collection.
Mar 28, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
Another in the Kincaid series. I like how he tackles issues that are confronting us today ... this one doesn't even resolve in the way most would expect it to resolve. Still, it is light reading, but interesting. On to the next one ...
Jan 29, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A story featuring sex, murder and religion-a combination only William Bernhardt could pull off. And he pulls it off well. The intricately woven plot had me spellbound and guessing from the first page.
Sep 01, 2011 Ricardo rated it it was ok
Barely okay. The plot could have done without all the extra sidelines that didn't really add anything and instead only made the writing less fluid and almost patronizing
Mar 06, 2009 Ricki rated it liked it
Shelves: swap-bot, suspense
An interesting courtroom drama. The ending did seem to come out of nowhere, but it was good. However, the defendant was not very sympathetic.
Bob Davenport
Aug 25, 2008 Bob Davenport rated it liked it
This was a good read. I think it may have had too many twists and turns. Some just don't seem very believable.
Carol Ann
Nov 01, 2008 Carol Ann rated it liked it
This was a tougher read than the usual Ben Kincaid mysteries. I did not like the defendent, Father Daniel Beale.
Nov 06, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Not his best book, but it kept me reading.
Apr 04, 2008 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Maureen
Shelves: in-line-to-read

Good fast read, surprise ending
Edy Carder
it is the unexpected ..
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I love my job!

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 chi
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“You have to realize just because things don't have tangible reality, that doesn't mean they don't exist. Ideas are just as real as people and property. Ideas have changed the world profoundly to an extent most people never approach" - Father Beale” 1 likes
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