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Cruel Justice (The Ben Kincaid Novels Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

William Bernhardt
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A ten-year-old case puts Ben Kincaid on a collision course with a serial murderer

Ben Kincaid’s air-conditioner is on the fritz, his staff is on half-pay, and his sister has just disappeared, leaving him holding her baby. He needs fast money, and a quick-and-dirty personal injury suit could do the job. But what looks like a sure-fire case turns out to be something far more complicated. His prospective client hopes to rescue his son—a twenty-eight-year-old with the mind of a child. Ten years earlier, Leeman was accused of murdering a woman with a golf club, and he has been locked in a mental institution ever since. Now he is finally about to come to trial, and Kincaid sees no way to save him.
 
But when a young Tulsa boy goes missing, Kincaid senses a connection between the two cases. Finding the abductor and could mean saving lives—Leeman’s, the kidnapped child’s, and those of the countless victims to come.


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From Library Journal

The loyalty of suspense and mystery fans is not fickle, so long as the author produces credible characters and allows them to develop; humor and a certain feckless quality in a major character are lagniappe and much appreciated. Cruel Justice is just such a treat. Tulsa defense lawyer Ben Kincaid finds himself with a hopeless case. His client is a mentally challenged, confessed killer. Moreover, there's a serial killer on the loose in the city, Ben's sister hands him a baby and disappears, and his mother comes to town. Ben and his helpers scramble against the clock to develop a defense for his client. The author plays fair, dropping clues in all the right places and building the scaffolding for the sequel. If the humor is occasionally a bit broad and the minor characters a bit one-dimensional, true genre fans won't care; they will be too busy hunting for Bernhardt's previous books (e.g., Double Jeopardy, Ballantine, 1995) and waiting for the next. For all popular collections.
-?Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Here Bernhardt reintroduces attorney Ben Kinkaid, absent from his previous book, Double Jeopardy , to star in another superb legal thriller. Bernhardt is expert at maintaining a keep-'em-guessin' quality as Kinkaid, a lawyer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, becomes involved in a an old murder case: a woman was found impaled by a golf club in the country-club caddy shack. One of the caddies was incarcerated, but because of problems stemming from his limited mental faculties, he is being brought to trial 10 years after the murder occurred. Kinkaid reluctantly takes the case, for a voice keeps telling him he needs to pursue a practice loftier than representing "hard-luck stories." Meanwhile, a rash of child molestation and murder has thrown the city into a panic. Twists and turns and several subplots only add to the deliciousness of the complicated story line as Kinkaid unearths connections between Tulsa's upper crust and the city's drug-dealing underworld. Those very connections eventually answer the question of who really was the golf club^-wielding murderer. Wonderfully diverting reading. Brad Hooper

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  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (October 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099ISWAY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,139 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK EVER TO PUT 2 STORIES TOGETHER!!! February 2, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best! He cunningly puts 2 stories you wouldn't think would fit together and then all of a sudden, BAM! It hits you, this is this and that goes with that and it is so amazing! I love this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUSTICE FOR ALL! February 1, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
William Bernhardt has written another good book. I really wish the world had a lot of Ben Kincaids in it, but I doubt it does. Ben is defending an retarted man who is accused of killing a woman ten years ago. The story also includes another man who is taking young boys and making them do sexual things before he kills them. How do these two things connect?? Have to read to find out but you will. Ben, Mike Morelli, Christina McCall, Jones and Loving are all involved. The story will hold your attention from beginning to end. The court room drama is very good. Morelli is, as usual, a very good detective. The ending will surprise you, or it did me, anyway. Ben even gets closer to his Mother in this one. This is book five, would suggest reading them in order, if possible, they will make a better connection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining Light Reading November 22, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book, as well as the previous ones provides an entertaining time without the overly twisted plot some other authors within the legal thrillers category elaborate. The Kincaid books also have a good amount of humor and the side stories relating to Ben Kincaid, his assistant, mother, sister and ex brother in law provide an extra appeal to the series. This side stories make it worthwile to read the books in order, which is what I am doing.
If you are looking to have a good time with a book that reads fast and easy, this is one of your best options.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amaturish June 10, 2000
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This is a story of a poor, struggling lawyer who takes on a case that's impossible to win and pays no money. He wins. Fame and fortune follow. This story has been done over and over and been done better. The opening court scene is a ploy to set up animosity between attorney Ben Kincaid and the prosecutor, his former friend, and is just plain silly. There are attempts to bolster the main plot with side issues...Kincaid's sister unexpectedly leaves her baby with him...his mother shows up...his ex-brother-in-law is tracking a child molester. The main story line, which was mildly interesting, could have been expanded and stood on it's own. As it was, all the little side stories only detract from the main plot and weaken an otherwise good idea for a story.
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This was one of the most gripping and interesting stories I have ever read. It was riveting and never boring. This was the first Berhardt book I have read and I now am looking for all the rest. I am in the service, presently in Kuwait. I found this book in the PX. Much to my disappointment, it was the only William Berhardt book they had. I WILL read the whole series and anything else William Berhardt ever writes. Keep them coming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good suspense novel June 30, 2014
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Great plot, interesting characters. I'll read more by this author. Hope he writes more with Ben Kincaid as I would like to follow his other legal cases.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read June 18, 2014
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I have been enjoying reading this series. This was one of the best so far, although the subject matter was difficult to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Kincaid so far. October 13, 2013
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With the release on kindle of Cruel Justice, i wanted to share a review that I wrote inJuly of 2011 about this book.

This my favorite Ben Kincaid novel so far. The fact that William Bernhardt had already hit his stride this early in the series makes me very anxious to continue my sequential reading of these books. There is such a strong weave of parent/child dynamic throughout the story that there is great satisfaction in reaching the resolution of the tale. Ben's character takes on added depth with the introduction of his mother in a major role. The delectable episodes involving Ben's mother, the ever intriguing Christina, Ben, and Ben's sister's infant son are worth the price of admission. Watching Ben deal with the loss of respect of his long time mentor adds a dimension to this book that I haven't encountered in his earlier works. Ben grows a lot in this one. Having said all of this, the story itself touches the reader on so many levels with the two main plot components involving the challenge of defending a learning disabled man and the too often hidden tragedy of child molestation. There is so much in this story that there is a danger of too much, but Bernhardt walks this line adeptly, never throwing more at the reader than they can handle. The characters are rich and the locations are well crafted to enhance the suspense and complete the mystery. Great job!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting the author keep you very folks in the book.
Published 29 days ago by Jasmelina Pugliese
1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry the child molester genre is not my cup of tea
Sometimes a book sets me off from the get-go. This one did; the thoughts, plots and actions of a very sick child molester proved to be a very disgusting turn-off for me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bob E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed More Proof reading Before Publication
I enjoy William Bernhardt's writing style, and I like his character Ben Kincaid. What I didn't like about this book was the incredible amount of error in the book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael Mahoney
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read...great characters
I picked this book up for .25 cents in a used book store and it was quite a find. I really enjoyed the inter-twining of the two main plot lines. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ernie's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I really liked this story. I liked how he tied the two different storylines together in the end. This book is funny at times, suspenseful, and an all around enjoyable read.
Published on June 27, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but some flaws
I enjoy reading Bernhardt's Kincaid novels because they mix entertainment with courtroom drama. Granted, Bernhardt doesn't seem to be the greatest of them all, but the stories are... Read more
Published on April 10, 2002 by Amazon Kunde
5.0 out of 5 stars Something you cannot put down
I have read all of his books and he keeps getting better. I can feel every moment, see every scene, and hear every word spoken. Read more
Published on November 2, 1999 by J. Singer
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SHINE!!!
Watch the video on this page to find out all about my latest writing project. Every month a new Shine "episode" will be released. This is going to be fun--more proof that being a writer is the best job in the world.

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. And in my personal life, my goal is to be the best parent possible to Harry, Alice, and Ralph. I'm very excited about the future--my personal life with these extraordinary people, and my professional life, creating new stories for you wonderful people who still understand the importance of storytelling and the written word.
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William Bernhardt is the bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including 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 is also the owner and publisher of Babylon Books. 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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