William Bernhardt made his debut as a novelist with Primary Justice. His subsequent novels include Blind Justice, Deadly Justice, Perfect Justicewhich won the Oklahoma Book Award and led The Vancouver Sun to dub the author "the American equivalent of P.G. Wodehouse and John MortimerDouble Jeopardy, Cruel Justice, and Naked Justice. As an attorney, 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 with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry and Alice.
Extreme Justice (Ben Kincaid Series #7)by William Bernhardt
Disillusioned with both the legal system and his private life, criminal
Breathless pace. Vibrant, complex characters. Explosive courtroom showdowns. These are the hallmarks of William Bernhardt's internationally acclaimed novels. Now, in Extreme Justice, Bernhardt brings his storytelling expertise to all-new levels of heart-pounding suspense and terror.
Disillusioned with both the legal system and his private life, criminal attorney Ben Kincaid decides to abandon his law practice for a less-stressful pastime: playing with a combo at Uncle Earl's Jazz Emporium. Compared to litigation, the musician's life is blissuntil a corpse crashes through the ceiling on the night of the club's swanky anniversary gala.
The body is that of "Cajun Lily" Campbell, legendary singer and one time
girlfriend of club owner Earl Bonner. The cops are convinced that Bonner killed herand Kincaid knows he didn't. The trouble is, there's some pretty damning evidence, including the fact that Bonner did time for killing a man. A man who died with a grisly smile carved on his face. Just like Lily.
Kincaid swore he was through with law forever, and now he finds himself spiraling down into an underworld of gangs, drugs, Internet sex "clubs," and long-standing vendettas. At the very bottom of the spiral is the killerand it looks like Ben Kincaid has been pegged as the next to die with a smile on his face.
Once again William Bernhardt displays his mastery of the contemporary crime thriller. Extreme Justice is a gripping novel of die-hard jealousy, sexual obsession, and cold-blooded murder.
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BOTTOM-LINE: Stronger story-telling than mystery . PLOT OR PREMISE: In the seventh in the series, lawyer Ben Kincaid has become disillusioned. So he runs away from the law and takes up jazz music full-time. When a body shows up on stage (literally falling on Ben), Ben has to step up as a lawyer again to save the owner of the club who has been framed for the murder. Working against the owner and against Ben is the fact that the owner served time for the murder of someone else from the old days, a friend of the owner -- and an old friend of the new victim! A few too many links and the police think they have their man. Ben wants to see justice done, but his return to the law is only temporary, supposedly. . WHAT I LIKED: The story-telling is first-rate, and the mystery aspects of it become almost secondary. Loving, Jones and Christina are all back on the scene, and you get to see one sub-mystery involving Christina. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: Everyone is impatient with Ben and keeps telling him to wake up and realize who he is (a lawyer, not a jazz music) and the constant angst grates on the nerves. Loving and Jones don't have much to do, and Christina's mystery drops several GIANT clues that Ben doesn't see. The ending reads more like an action / movie ending, and all three of the sub-mysteries are easily figured out by the reader before they are unveiled in the story. . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.
78 pages and packed it up. Writenby a high school kid?