Cruel Justice (Ben Kincaid Series #5)

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"A thoroughly entertaining page-turner."
--Phillip Margolin

Leeman Hayes, a black teenager in Tulsa, is accused of brutally murdering a young woman. As attorney Ben Kincaid struggles to pull together a defense, a young boy is falling into the clutches of a child molester. Ten-year-old Abie Rutherford, lonely and desperate for approval, thinks the handsome, smiling stranger in the baseball cap might be that friend he has longed for.

When Abie Rutherford vanishes without a trace ...

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Overview

"A thoroughly entertaining page-turner."
--Phillip Margolin

Leeman Hayes, a black teenager in Tulsa, is accused of brutally murdering a young woman. As attorney Ben Kincaid struggles to pull together a defense, a young boy is falling into the clutches of a child molester. Ten-year-old Abie Rutherford, lonely and desperate for approval, thinks the handsome, smiling stranger in the baseball cap might be that friend he has longed for.

When Abie Rutherford vanishes without a trace one hot summer day, Ben Kincaid, like everyone else in Tulsa, fears the worst. Then a bone-chilling discovery compels Ben to forge a link between the missing boy and the seemingly hopeless case of Leeman Hayes--thereby igniting the fuse for the most explosive courtroom case of Ben's career.

"An enthralling murder mystery . . . The ending is both surprising and explosive."
--The Sunday Oklahoman

The fifth novel in the legal thriller series starring attorney Ben Kincaid--by the author of this month's new hardcover, Naked Justice. A 10-year-old case of brutal murder at a posh country club. A 10-year-old boy who has vanished and is feared to be the victim of a child molester. When Ben Kincaid discovers the shocking link between these cases, it ignites his most explosive courtroom confrontation. HC: Ballantine. (Fiction--Mystery)

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Editorial Reviews

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. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/95.]-Elsa Pendleton, Boeing Computer Support Svcs., Ridgecrest, Cal.
Brad Hooper
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 clubwielding murderer. Wonderfully diverting reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345408037
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Ben Kincaid Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 433,110
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William Bernhardt made his debut as a novelist with Primary Justice, a bestseller that launched what Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine called "one of the best new series going." Bernhardt's subsequent novels include Blind Justice, Deadly Justice, Perfect Justice (which won the Oklahoma Book Award), Cruel Justice, and Double Jeopardy. His most recent novel is Naked Justice.

As an attorney, William Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service, and (in 1993) he was named one of the top twenty-five young lawyers in the nation. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry and Alice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    This book is by far the most interesting,intense book I've read

    This book is by far the most interesting,intense book I've read in a
    very long time. I couldn't put it down until i was done reading it. Many
    , many twists in the characters and plot. Every time you try to solve
    the case, theres always a twist added which makes it more interesting.
    Absolutely shocking ending to the book. Definitely worth your time to
    read this. Thoroughly enjoyed it, can't wait to read more from this series.

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    Posted August 2, 2012

    Right from the moment i opened the book, i was hooked in. I love

    Right from the moment i opened the book, i was hooked in. I love the description, plot and setting, and the realism this book gives. You can just feel the thrill as you turn the pages. I couldn't put the book down. Definitely an amazing novel worth reading.

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