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Cruel Justice (Ben Kincaid series Book 5) by [Bernhardt, William]
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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.

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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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1735 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: MysteriousPress.com/Open Road (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0099ISWAY
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By Wooley in PSL VINE VOICE on July 22, 2016
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The book just got better and better. CRUEL JUSTICE by Bernhardt is the fifth book in the Justice series featuring Ben Kincaid. It starts off rather simple and gets very complicated as Kincaid is asked to defend Leeman Hayes a mentally challenged black man on murder charges and it gets more and more complicated. Bernhardt is becoming one of my favorites with many more Justice book to go RECOMMENDED
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William Bernhardt is now one of my favorite authors! I just read the first book in the Ben Kincaid series a couple of weeks ago and I LOVED it. I couldn't wait to read the second book in the series. Now, I've read the first FIVE books in the series! And I can't wait to read the sixth! I have really enjoyed them all. I have had a hard time getting any work done the last two weeks! The characters are so likeable and eccentric. The stories take so many twists and turns that you never know what is going to happen next. AND there is a LOT of humor interspersed throughout while you are learning about the legal profession. If you enjoy legal thrillers, you'll love this series as much as I do!
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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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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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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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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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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. The child molester was a truly hateful character. I liked the staff of his office and the cop, but could have done without the family background as I found it distracting and boring.

Nevertheless, it kept me guessing until almost the very end. Good novel.
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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. Among others, multiple places in the book the word "me" was used instead of "the"; in short, the spell check program would not catch the error, but a proof reader should have
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