Cruel Justice

Mass Market Paperback | December 28, 1996

byWilliam Bernhardt

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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 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

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Ten years before, Leeman Hayes, a black teenager, was accused of brutally beating a young woman with a golf club at a posh country club in Tulsa. Kinks in the legal system have kept Leeman locked up without a verdict for a decade. Now the case is finally going back to court, and Ben Kincaid has stumbled into the job of defense attorney...

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"A thoroughly entertaining page-turner."--Phillip MargolinLeeman 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, t...

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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, ...

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...

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7 × 4.3 × 1.2 inPublished:December 28, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345408039

ISBN - 13:9780345408037

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Briana Lupa This book has so many twists and turns to the plot that it keeps you guessing as to who the real killer is. Plus keeping the sub plot simple but intertwined into the main story so that you're never sure who the killer is until the end of the book, when the author is ready to tell you, is an art that a lot of authors can't do. I recommend this book and the author if you're into any kind of thriller not just legal thrillers this is a definite read.
Date published: 1999-11-08

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Ten years before, Leeman Hayes, a black teenager, was accused of brutally beating a young woman with a golf club at a posh country club in Tulsa. Kinks in the legal system have kept Leeman locked up without a verdict for a decade. Now the case is finally going back to court, and Ben Kincaid has stumbled into the job of defense attorney. But what possible chance does he stand against Tulsa's crack prosecutor, Jack Bullock? Nothing short of a miracle is going to save Leeman Hayes from the death sentence.