Death Row

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Ballantine Books, 2004 - Fiction - 396 pages
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Oklahoma attorney Ben put his reputation on the line when he represented Ray Goldman, a industrial chemist who was charged with a brutal crime - the torture and massacre of an family. But in spite of the tabloid-ready details of the sensational case, Benís deft defense against a lack of hard evidence and improper police procedure made an acquittal all but certain. Until the prosecutionís star witness - the lone survivor took the stand and sealed Ray Goldmanís fate. Seven years later, seconds before the lethal injection, an eleventh-hour reprieve halts the execution and launches Ben on a race against time to overturn Ray Goldmanís conviction. Erin Faulkner, the young woman who narrowly escaped the carnage that claimed her family, has abruptly recanted her testimony, after years of silence desperate to keep an innocent man from dying. Just as suddenly, this near-miraculous turn of events turns tragic; Erin is discovered dead, an apparent suicide. And Ben Kincaid is the only witness to her stunning confession.

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Oklahoma attorney Bernhardt (Criminal Intent) has written 17 other books, most of them legal thrillers featuring lawyer Ben Kincaid. In this latest entry, Kincaid is trying to find evidence to ... Read full review

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William Bernhardt is the author of many books, including Primary Justice, Double Jeopardy, Silent Justice, Murder One, Criminal Intent, and Hate Crime. 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 with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry, Alice, and Ralph.

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