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Criminal Intent (Ben Kincaid #11)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  375 ratings  ·  24 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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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
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
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
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
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 3 of 5 stars
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
Margaret Schwind
Nice summer legal thriller.
Paul Chan
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
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.
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
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,
Eric Mann
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.
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 ...
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.
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
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
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
This was a tougher read than the usual Ben Kincaid mysteries. I did not like the defendent, Father Daniel Beale.
Not his best book, but it kept me reading.
Apr 04, 2008 Teri rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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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 ...more
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