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From Publishers Weekly

Lawyer Ben Kincaid has been fired from Tulsa's toniest law firm and is out on his own on the wrong side of town. His clients pay him with live chickens, and a divorce client's ex-husband threatens him with a gun that shoots a flag saying "Boom." Into this lighthearted milieu falls Christina McCall, an old friend, ace legal assistant at Ben's former firm and prime suspect in the gruesome murder of Tony Lombardi, her ex-client and a suspected mob drug-runner. Everything is stacked against Ben and Christina in this courtroom mystery: the presiding judge is Ben's exceptionally unfriendly ex-boss, and the FBI agents in charge of the case are willing to use extra-legal means to obtain the evidence to convict Christina. Lawyer Bernhardt ( Primary Justice ) leavens this workmanlike drama with a variety of interesting characters--including Ben's pawnbroker neighbor who sends him dead gophers in the mail--but can't seem to get the mix of drama and humor quite right. We're convinced of Christina's innocence from the start, and that significantly reduces the tension.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"Writers of popular fiction must have some gift of readability, but only a few have as unerring a narrative flair as Bernhardt. This is one of the best new series going."  
--Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine                      

Out of corporate life and on his own, lawyer Ben Kincaid sees the seamy side of the law every day. There's no glamour and little reward when it comes to defending the lowlifes who beat down his door. But when a friend is set up for murder, Ben has no choice but to enter the world of hardball litigation and face a judge who despises him in a trial he is guaranteed to lose.

BLIND JUSTICE is a riveting, emotion-packed thriller in which guilt and innocence remain obscure and justice is a matter of opinion.

"Bernhardt is a master legal tour guide, taking the reader through the labyrinth of the judicial system of America's heartland."
--Mostly Murder

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (August 23, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345374835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345374837
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,005,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love my job. Even on the worst day when I can't seem to put together a coherent sentence, I am grateful for having been given this magnificent opportunity to participate in the literary exchange of ideas. My mother says I was telling people I wanted to be a writer when I was seven. I know that seems incredible, but she's my mom, so we have to believe her. I never missed an opportunity to visit the library, which was blissfully near my home, and the librarians there took a great interest in this nerdy, shy, bespectacled kid who kept reappearing almost every day. They encouraged me to read widely and to read the best of everything, and that is exactly what I did and have continued to do all my life.

I sent off my first submission when I was eleven, to Highlights Magazine. This was a poem of which I was particularly proud concerning the Oklahoma Land Run. They turned me down. Yes, that was my first rejection letter. Over the next twenty years, I collected over 400 more of them. No, I'm not exaggerating. I still have them. Every last one. There was a reason, I realize now, why all those compositions were being rejected. They weren't very good. But they improved over time. I didn't know it, but during the entire torturous process of submission and rejection, I was learning how to write.

My first novel was published when I was thirty-one. To some, this may seem an early age to publish, but if you clock it from my first rejection, it took twenty years. That was a great year--my first son, Harry, was born in August, and my first book, Primary Justice, was born in December. The book surprised everyone and the follow-up did even better and before I even realized it I had accomplished my goal--I was a real honest-to-gosh writer. I've been writing ever since. I've written more than twenty novels, edited two anthologies, done two books for children, and published numerous stories, essays, puzzles, and poems. I have three children now, and this job allows me to be present when they come home from school and available when they need me during the day, which is a blessing I could not have anticipated back when I was a seven-year old gazing dreamily at author photos on dust jackets, wishing I could see myself there.

My goals for the future are to continue to learn, to grow, to find new ways of doing my work and doing it better. I've learned that I enjoy teaching, which led to the The Fundamentals of Fiction DVDs, the Red Sneaker Writers book series, and many speaking and teaching engagements throughout the year. My interest in mentoring aspiring writers led me to start the small-group seminars, which allow me to teach my favorite subject all across the nation. I'm very excited about the future--my personal life with my extraordinary family, and my professional life, creating new stories for you wonderful people who still understand the importance of storytelling and the written word.
William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including The Game Master, Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness (currently being adapted for an NBC miniseries), and the blockbuster Ben Kincaid series of legal thrillers. In addition, Bernhardt founded the Red Sneaker Writing Center in 2005, hosting writing workshops and small-group seminars and becoming one of the most in-demand writing instructors in the nation. His programs have educated many authors now published at major New York houses. He holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is the only writer to have received both the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (Oklahoma State), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." In addition to the novels, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction books, children books, and crossword puzzles. He also has published many poems and is a member of the American Academy of Poets.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "zwerver" on December 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is simply no credible plot in this already very thin story. There are occasional glimpses of humor and interesting content, but as a whole the books falls flat because it is just too lacking in plot and character development. It reminds me of the books for teenagers that I used to read as a youngster. The plots were often marked by facile manipulation, but I read them with fascination because every development was interesting. Grown-up readers should expect a lot more from a lawyer-thriller.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By on July 23, 1998
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This is the second of the series of Justice books written by Mr. Bernhardt. One thing I am enjoying is reading about recurring characters. I feel that I am journeying through these ordeals with the characters, Ben Kincaid, and his legal assistant, Christina McCall. Unlike many other writers, Bernhardt adds a touch of humour to his stories, though they are very serious and well-written. His hero, Ben, is not the James Bond type. He's more of an intellectual who thinks on his feet, and doesn't care much about the macho scene. In Blind Justice, the hero is forced to defend his future legal assistant against a murder charge. The evidence is piled up against her, yet Ben doesn't despair. I liked it a lot, and am continuing reading the rest of the series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mac Blair on October 17, 2001
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What a great book. No, it is not scary, no it does not use a lot of ugly, ugly words, no it will not keep you up at night from being scared. It is a really good mystery that will hold your attention and make you want to skip pages to find out how it will end. Ben is a good attorney that has people on his mind and not money. Christina is a good character. I liked her and Jones and Loving. I really hope these four form a group, "family" if you please, that will be in book three. Ben is not afraid to fight the people in charge, he will tangle with any one and sometimes in very funny ways. Who else would let chickens stay in his office for a while? Can't wait to read the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. K. Peters TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 18, 2012
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While the protagonist, Ben Kincaid, is quite likable, the plot as well as some of the other characters in the book are a bit out there. I don't want to give details of the story, but to me many of those twists and turns seemed to have been introduced by the author for the sole purpose of bringing the plot to a conclusion - without much regard for logic or probability. The result was that many of the characters appear to be almost cartoon-ish and that kept interfering with the thriller aspect of the story, i.e. suspense was hard to come by.

It was not the worst book I ever read by a long shot, but I will probably not buy more by this author. As someone who loves well-written thrillers with good and credible plots, this one was lacking a bit too much in that area.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rry007 on November 18, 2009
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I decided to try out Ben Kincaid after reading all the good reviews about this series. Its not bad, but its not that good either. Kincaid, who recently started his own law firm, is having trouble brining in clients and getting paid. One night, his good friend, legal assistant Christina McCall, goes to the house of Tony Lombardi for drinks. Hours later she wakes up, drugged, and Lombardi is dead. The police have charged her with his murder, and now it is up to Kincaid to save Christina.

There were some parts which were funny. I genuinely like Kincaid's character, but was puzzled as to the storytelling. It seemed more fitting that it be told from Kincaid's point of view rather than third person. The way it was written, there was a bit of disconnect between the dialogue and Ben's observations and thoughts. It was an easy read, and somewhat interesting. The ending was not what I was expected, so I was surprised. The only other thing I didn't like was the fact that Christina got involved with Lombardi in the first place. As a legal assistant and Lombardi being her employer's client, it seemed not only unethical, but something that wouldn't happen in real life.
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Compared to the first Kincaid novel, the second is a farce. The novel starts out pleasantly enough. Kincaid's friend, and accomplished legal assistant's car is rear ended, and Kincaid successfully sues and wins the case.

The individual driving the other car invites Kincaid's friend to his motel room is shot to death while his friend is in the room, and she is charged with his murder.

From this point on, however, the novel devolves into a Keystone Cops-like affair (although by no means funny). The antics of the judge, in open court, presiding over a murder trial, (who readers will remember from the first Kincaid novel), would make an attorney vomit. The leeway permitted by the judge to the prosecutor, likewise.

In addition, between court appearances, there is very action, and way too much unassociated drivel. Page upon page of extgended commentary about irrelevant events and activities. I skimmed through page after page looking for relevant content.

This is not a good read. I sincerely believe it was ghost-written by another author who was pressured, maybe by the publisher, to get the novel into print. Readers beware! I deemed the next Kincaid novel, "Blind Justice", to be so bad that I removed it from my Kindle after the first quarter
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