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Blind Justice Mass Market Paperback – August 23, 1992

4.1 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
Book 2 of 18 in the Ben Kincaid Series

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

-- Mostly Murder --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,458,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 11, 2000
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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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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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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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I am so happy when I read a second book in an series and it confirms you should be readinbg the series, the Ben Kincaid series is a good one in this second book, BLIND JUSTICE. The book is a mix of court room and investigation. I like the court room best.....WITH one big issue however...the judge doesn't like Kincaid, but no judge could get by with the antics of this character, it was just unbelievable. But the reat of the story was a solid second book. Kinmcaid defends a murder suspect and feels out of hos league in this trial. This book is evidently is setting up things for the following books. On to three. RECOMMENDED
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Very Good Legal Thriller! Filled with surprises, full of suspense, a book that is hard to put down until you are finished, then you want to start the next one in the series. I have read the Ben Kincaid books from Book 1 clear through to Book 8, which I just finished. They are similar in their writing, but all are very different, each with a different theme. Both sides of the story are shown, so you may have a hard time deciding which side you actually favor. I can't wait to start Book 9!
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OK I gave this book 4 stars because I've read better legal thrillers BUT that doesn't mean this isn't another good one. Blind Justice is second in a series and I did like it better than the first book, but, like I said it's not a top shelf book for me. The character, Ben, is a defense attorney with a very small practice in Oklahoma. He is always getting cases defending the underdogs, and Ben & his team work hard to prove their client's innocence. The characters are likable, real people and the subjects are timely. Overall it's a good book, suspenseful - well maybe but nothing like some of the really scary ones out there... definitely interesting legal read.
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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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This is the second book I read from this very good author,
and again this book is fantastic. Lots of intrigues, mysteries.
I highly recommend this book. I will read all the Ben Kincaid series.
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