Legal Briefs: Stories by Today's Best Legal Thriller Writers

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William Bernhardt
Dell, Jun 1, 1999 - Fiction - 352 pages
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William Bernhardt, author of seven bestselling novels featuring attorney Ben Kincaid, asked ten of his fellow lawyer/authors to contribute their most fiendishly clever short pieces for this anthology, and told them their imaginations were their only guides. The result is "Legal Briefs," a smorgasbord of stories boasting a wonderful variety of themes and styles. From John Grisham's exploration of a doctor's guilt in "The Birthday" to Richard North Patterson's story of a lawyer's loyalty to his mentor in "The Client," to Grif Stockley's tale of a divorce lawyer who learns the hard way that things are not always what they seem, these pieces showcase the extraordinary depth and breadth of talent among the new breed of legal thriller writers.
Some of these stories feature twisting and inventive plots; some illuminate the moral dilemmas and psychological complexities faced by the modern-day lawyer; some are good, old-fashioned yarns. But for all their diversity of approaches and characters, these writers understand that the courtrooms and law firms from which they came offer the raw material for the most dramatic, suspenseful stories you can read.
"Legal Briefs" will be a delight for fans of all these bestselling authors, and a splendid introduction to their talents for readers new to the genre.
Author proceeds from the sale of this book are being donated to the Children's Defense Fund.

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With legal thrillers among the most popular suspense categories, Bernhardt, author of eight law-based novels including Naked Justice (LJ 6/97), compiles a gripping collection of attorney-in-crisis ... Read full review


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William Bernhardt obtained his law degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and worked as a trial lawyer for ten years.  He made his debut as a novelist in 1992 with Primary Justice, a national bestseller that went through eight printings in its first three months.  Since then, Bernhardt has published six more novels that have sold millions of copies and have appeared on bestseller lists across the nation.  He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry and Alice.

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