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Capitol Offense

(Book 17 in the Ben Kincaid series)
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In his thrilling novels of suspense, William Bernhardt takes us into the fault lines of the criminal justice system, where one mistake, a twist of fate, or an explosive secret can mean the difference between justice and its cataclysmic undoing. In Capital Offense, attorney Ben Kincaid stands amid the chaos of a violent collision between vengeance and death-and it's up to him to discover where the truth lies.

Professor Dennis Thomas arrives at the law office of Ben Kincaid with a bizarre request: Thomas wants to know if Kincaid can help him beat a murder charge-of a killing yet to happen. The professor's intended victim: a Tulsa cop who had refused to authorize a search for Thomas's missing wife. For seven days, Joslyn Thomas had lain in the twisted wreckage of her car, dying a horrifically slow death in an isolated ravine. Now, insane with grief, Thomas wants to kill Detective Christopher Sentz. Kincaid warns him not to, but that very same day someone fires seven bullets into the police officer.

Suddenly Kincaid's conversation with Thomas is privileged and Thomas is begging Kincaid to defend him. Thomas claims he didn't shoot Sentz-even though he'd wanted to. Something about the bookish, addled Dennis Thomas tugs on Kincaid's conscience, and against all advice, he decides to represent this troubled man in the center of a media and political firestorm.

But the trial doesn't go Kincaid's way, and a verdict of capital murder is bearing down on Dennis Thomas. That's when Kincaid's personal private detective, Loving, starts prying loose pieces of a shocking secret. Working in the shadows of the law, using every trick that works, Loving risks his life to construct an entirely new narrative about Detective Sentz, Joslyn Thomas, and madness in another guise: the kind that every citizen should fear, and no one will recognize-until it is too late.

Genre: Mystery
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Hardback Editions

January 2010 : USA Hardback

Title: Capitol Offense (Thorndike Thrillers)
Author(s): William Bernhardt
ISBN: 1-4104-2286-0 / 978-1-4104-2286-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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September 2009 : USA Hardback

Title: Capitol Offense: A Novel
Author(s): William Bernhardt
ISBN: 0-345-50299-X / 978-0-345-50299-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Paperback Editions

February 2010 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: Capitol Offense: A Novel (Ben Kincaid)
Author(s): William Bernhardt
ISBN: 0-345-50300-7 / 978-0-345-50300-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Capitol Offense: A Novel (Ben Kincaid series Book 17)
Author(s): William Bernhardt
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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