Synopses & Reviews
William Bernhardts bestselling novels featuring Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid capture the bare-knuckles reality of high-stakes criminal defense, as lofty ideals of justice clash with power, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol Murder, Bernhardts hard-charging hero takes on his most shocking, headline-making case yet.
Kincaids legal success has earned him a dubious reward: a journey through the looking glass into the Beltway. Here, in the heart of the nations capital, a powerful U.S. senator has been caught first in a sordid sex scandal, then in a case of murder.
Senate aide Veronica Cooper was found in a secret Senate office beneath the Capitol building, on Senator Todd Glancys favorite couch, blood pouring from the knife wound in her throat. The young womans death comes on the heels of the release of a sordid videotape depicting her and Senator Glancy in compromising positions.
With the senators reputation in tatters, the evidence against him-as a sexual predator and possibly a killer-mounts. By the time a nationally televised murder trial begins, Kincaid and his team know theyre facing the challenge of a lifetime. According to public opinion, and even in Kincaids most private thoughts, Glancy is one more politician who cannot admit his own culpability.
But while a dramatic trial unfolds in the courtroom-loaded with pitfalls, traps, and an astounding betrayal-another trial is taking place on the mean streets of D.C., as Kincaids investigator pursues a young woman who was a friend of Veronica Coopers, plunging Kincaid into a bizarre world of Goths, sadomasochists, and a community of self-proclaimed vampires. Somewhere in this violent underworld lies the secret behind Veronica Coopers demise . . . and the crux of Senator Glancys innocence or guilt.
In a case that pits Kincaid and his freewheeling partner Christina McCall against the brutal machinery of Washington politics, the answers they seek are hidden in a murderous maze of lies and hidden motives. And in William Bernhardts best novel yet, getting to the truth is an unparalleled experience in pure, satisfying suspense.
From the Hardcover edition.
When the senior senator from his native Oklahoma is accused of the murder of a female intern, the apparent victim of a ritual killing whose body is found in the tunnels leading from the Senate, crusading attorney Ben Kincaid heads for Washington, D.C., to take the case, but an incriminating videotape forces him to reevaluate his loyalty to an old friend. Reprint.
Nationally bestselling author Bernhardt is poised to reach his biggest audience yet, as his popular crusading attorney Ben Kincaid enters the nation's very corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
Crusading defense attorney Ben Kincaid leaves his Midwest base for the corridors of power in the nation's capital to take on his biggest case in the 14th legal thriller from the nationally bestselling author of "Hate Crime."
Nationally bestselling author William Bernhardt is poised to reach his biggest audience yet-with his popular cursading attorney Ben Kincaid enteringthe nation's very corridors of power in Washington, D.C. Trial attorney Ben Kincaid's unpredictable career uproots him from his native soil in Oklahoma and takes him to the grand stated of Washington D.C., where the senior senator from his home state-and a former fellow law student- is accused of murder. A female intern, who appears to be a victim of a ritual killing is found dead in the tunnels leading from the senate. Though the senator proclaims his innocence, a videotape has sufaced of a former tryst with the
About the Author
William Bernhardt is the author of many novels, including Primary Justice, Murder One, Criminal Intent, Death Row, Hate Crime, and Dark Eye. He has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction, and in 2000 he was presented the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award “in recognition of an outstanding body of work in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.” A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service. He lives in Tulsa, and readers can e-mail him at WB@williambernhardt.com or visit his website at www.williambernhardt.com.
From the Hardcover edition.