Capitol Offense-William Bernhardt

Capitol Offense

William Bernhardt

Ballantine, Oct 2009, $26.00

ISBN 9780345502995

Following his time in DC as a temporary appointed US Senator (see CAPITOL CONSPIRACY) Ben Kincaid has returned home to Tulsa to practice law and consider a run for the permanent seat.  Professor Dennis Thomas visits Ben asking the attorney to defend him on a murder rap that has not yet occurred.  Dennis hates bureaucrat Police Detective Christopher Sentz who ignored his begging to do a missing person’s search for his wife Josylyn.  She died after being trapped inside her car for a week following an accident while her vehicle was in a ravine.

Dennis visits a hotel where Sentz is conducting a sting operation.  Soon afterward someone fires seven shots at Sentz killing the cop.  Dennis swears to Ben he never killed the man though his rage put him over the edge.  Caught with questions of client privilege, Ben wonders if he was set up.  Still even as he has a political campaign to run, Ben decides to defend the still fuming professor who is at the center of a media frenzy in which everyone believes he killed the cop, but debate whether grief or madness is a justification.  Private Investigator Loving begins to uncover dark secrets involving their client, his late wife and the murdered detective that makes the defense even more insane.

The latest Kincaid thriller will delight long time fans as the hero is back in Oklahoma, but working on a case that his chief of staff tells him to drop as it is political suicide.  The story line is fast-paced from the moment Professor Thomas asks Kincaid to defend him from a murder he had not yet committed.  Fans will enjoy Ben’s latest CAPITOL OFFENSE as he defends a client who confessed his plan before hand and was found at the murder scene with the corpse.  William Bernhardt provides a strong fresh entry with a great unexpected climax and coda.

Harriet Klausner

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