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Capitol Offense (Ben Kincaid #17)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Insane with grief, Professor Dennis Thomas blames Detective Christopher Sentz for the death of his wife and wants to kill him. In fact, Thomas shares his revenge plans with Ben Kincaid. Then someone fires seven bullets into the police officer. Against all advice and going on instinct, Kincaid decides to represent the troubled professor, who faces a charge of capital murder ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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Dale Harcombe
Jan 26, 2017 Dale Harcombe rated it really liked it
My husband brought this book home from the library. But when I read the blurb I ended up reading it first. I have to admit to being a sucker for lawyer books and TV shows. The story starts with a doctor who is involved in a car crash. The car ends up in a place where it is hidden for sight. When her husband Dennis reports his wife Joslyn missing, the police don’t want to take any action. Day after day he begs for them to begin a search. In the end he is left to his own searching but finds nothin ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Sep 15, 2014 Lukasz Pruski rated it did not like it
Reviewing William Bernhardt's "Capitol Offense" is not an easy task. This mystery/court drama has so many utterly moronic features that a one-star rating would be overly generous. Yet, it is not completely devoid of interesting stuff. For instance, the opening sentence, "I died three days ago", is pretty neat.

A female doctor in Oklahoma disappears, after having a car accident in a remote area. Her husband tries to have the police look for her, but for seven days he is unable to convince a detect
Oct 29, 2011 Ricardo rated it did not like it
Extremely disappointed by this book from Bernhardt. It felt like he wrote it simply to fulfill a contract saying he had to write a book, no matter how bad it was
Nov 26, 2009 Sandra rated it liked it
Good sumer read!
Jan 10, 2015 Will rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime and mystery fans

I grappled with my rating on this book, vacillating between four and five stars, but the kicker for me was Bernhardt's infusion of the metaphysical that made me recognize what a wonderful read this had been. As I invoke reference to Edgar Cayce's readings a lot in my own novels, I found it somewhat refreshing to see a prominent author unafraid to attach mystical explanations for things otherwise unknown. Capitol Offense describes in harrowing detail the internal
Aug 15, 2015 Nolan rated it liked it
This is my first experience with this author, and as usual, I’ve not behaved well by beginning at the start of this series. And I don’t recommend you emulate my behavior with this series. I felt a bit breathless in a spot or two trying to run and catch up as best I could.

Dennis Thomas is undeniably frantic. His physician wife has been missing for days, and while the marriage is far from perfect, he knows she hasn’t just driven off into the night. But no one at the Tulsa police department will ta
Nov 02, 2009 Joyce rated it liked it
If there were half stars, I would give this legal thriller another half! A man goes to the Police to report his wife, an Oncologist, is missing and did not come home from work. They refuse to take any action. He comes back day after day and still gets a negative response. Finally, after seven days, he convinces an Officer to take some action. The woman is found in a ravine in her car after three hours of searching. She has been terribly injured in the accident and has been in constant pain since ...more
Rick Ludwig
Sep 26, 2011 Rick Ludwig rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful outing with Ben Kincaid and associates. Ben is back in Tulsa, back in the courtroom, and back defending a hopeless case. Being a senator makes things even more difficult if possible. Christina is again his co counsel, Loving is again putting his life on the line to find something to help Ben's case. The difference this time is the nature of the defendant, the nature of the crime, and the unanswered questions when all is said and done. Bernhardt once again keeps us reading at fe ...more
Grandpa Joe
Aug 21, 2014 Grandpa Joe rated it really liked it
I have read one other novel by William Bernhardt - a number of years ago - that I thought dragged a bit and was only so-so. I found this book, therefore, to be a delightful surprise. A good story, a murder mystery, which might or might not be quite so mysterious in terms of who done it - with a surprising amount of humor along the way. Dennis Thomas is accused of murdering a policeman whose inaction caused the death of Thomas' wife. His defense is a temporary insanity plea - a difficult defense ...more
Jenna Allen
Aug 08, 2011 Jenna Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not see that coming. I really enjoyed this book. Now I may be a bit biased because I love court room books and there just arent enough out there. I love how they summed it up but not really, and didnt make you angry that they kinda left you hanging. I like the unsure feeling in the book. This was very well written and i loved every second of reading it.. This was one of those books that made me feel like i was watching a movie.
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 21, 2012 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Dr. Joslyn Thomas is involed in an automobile accident and the police refuse to look for her for seven days. She dies shortly after being found and her husband Dennis blames the police officer who refused to initiate a search. When the officer is murdered in a hotel room and Dennis is found unconciious in the room, he is charged with the crime. Since Dennis had approched him prior to the death with a legal question, Senator and attorney Ben kincaid takes his case. It is an uphill fight.
Jul 19, 2010 Marlene rated it really liked it
I am giving this a good review as a summer read, not as literature. I have never heard of the series before, but will search out others. Nice little twists. Language is not particularly fascinating, but the characters are interesting enough. Picked it up in FAST Reads at the library, but have not been able to put it down, so it is a fast, fast read.A lawyer/court story. Pearl, you would like this one for an airport timefiller.
Bernie Charbonneau
Jun 22, 2010 Bernie Charbonneau rated it liked it
Having continued to read the series with Ben Kincaid lawyer-senator I found this novel enjoyable but probably the least of my favorites of the novels that I have read. There didn't seem to be any strength to it. It flowed okay but I found that it lacked any substance. I will continue to read this series and any other books by Mr. Bernhardt as he is one of my favorite authors for a quick read.
Aug 03, 2011 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading all of the Ben Kincaid series I find I enjoy the ones in Tulsa where he is a lawyer rather than his DC books as a public official. I am delighted that Bernhardt wrote this one as Ben is back on break before the next election. I can't help but hope he is not elected or decides not to run. Ben Kincaid is just too liberal for my taste.
May 19, 2013 Elyse rated it liked it
Not as captivated by this story. I guess it felt like the separate parts of the story were too separate? For example, why did it take so long for anyone on the defense team to investigate and probe the reason for his wife's death?

A fun read, just could have been a tighter weave.
Carol Ann
Mar 09, 2010 Carol Ann rated it liked it
This was just what the doctor ordered. A man worthy of a nasty death and a good man who did or did not do the dead. I have been reading heavy depressing books lately, time for some fiction with an ending.
Jan 15, 2010 Larry rated it really liked it
A very good read. Once I got into the story I was anxious to see how it came out and had a hard time putting it down. I am just discovering Bernhardt as an author. There are 17 other books he's written featuring attorney Ben Kincaid.
Cathy Jarvis
Feb 19, 2011 Cathy Jarvis rated it really liked it
A very good read - however this topic was one I read recently by author Michael Connelly. Although I had the plot figured out fairly early is still a good read and readers who are not familiar with this "medical" aspect will more than likely not make the connection.
Mar 16, 2010 Susan added it
Have followed this character from his humble start as a lawyer and worked his way up, and now he is in Washington D C---guess he'll go down hill from here as they all seem to do. Will let you know
Jun 20, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always enjoyed this author and have read most of his stuff. If you like legal thriller books, this won't disappoint.
Jan Grant
Jan 11, 2014 Jan Grant rated it really liked it
Always a great read.
Jun 26, 2012 Suzanne rated it liked it
Started out SO absorbing, fast-paced whodunit...then kinda slowed down to a crawl for me. Ending was okay.
Jan 11, 2013 Alicia rated it really liked it
Not the best courtroom drama ever but I did finish it in two days.there were some parts that were not believable but overall it was a good read
Mar 01, 2010 Kitty rated it really liked it
Great suspense novel.
Dec 04, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
Good tale well-told
Nov 16, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
This mostly reads like a legal study, but the medical aspect is central and compelling.
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