Naked Justice

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Random House Publishing Group, 1998 - Fiction - 437 pages
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Wallace Barrett was a college football hero who went on to become mayor of Tulsa - the city's first black mayor, in fact. But when Barrett's wife and two young daughters are found gruesomely murdered, no one doubts for an instant that he's guilty. The mayor, after all, was seen splattered with blood and fleeing his house immediately after the crime. The entire country watched on television as Barrett sped away from the police and smashed his car into a brick wall. With evidence like this, it's going to take one hell of a lawyer to get Wallace Barrett off. That's why Barrett hires Ben Kincaid. Kincaid may not be the slickest attorney in Tulsa, but as he has proven time and again, he's got a knack for pulling off the impossible. Impossible never looked so tough. Kincaid anticipated that the trial was going to be an uphill fight all the way - but he wasn't bargaining on outright disaster. The media seem obsessed with the case, as crack prosecutor Jack Bullock, Kincaid's former partner and now his sworn enemy, brings in a parade of expert witnesses - a DNA analyst, a blood expert, a medical examiner - all of whom establish beyond a doubt that Barrett was present at the crime scene. Then Bullock clinches the case by springing a surprise witness with a particularly damning testimony. Ben Kincaid knows it's going to take a miracle to save this trial. A miracle that can happen only if he puts Wallace Barrett on the stand...
 

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NAKED JUSTICE

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Hangdog Tulsa lawyer Ben Kincaid (Cruel Justice, 1996, etc.) is stuck with another hopeless case—a mayor who allegedly killed his wife and daughters. How's this for an original opening? Handsome ... Read full review

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User Review  - dara85 - LibraryThing

This took a little while to get into. It was very similar to the O. J. Simpson case, but definitely worth the time reading it. I enjoyed it. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
7
Section 3
23
Section 4
49
Section 5
55
Section 6
61
Section 7
75
Section 8
83
Section 12
168
Section 13
211
Section 14
233
Section 15
257
Section 16
261
Section 17
273
Section 18
291
Section 19
330

Section 9
95
Section 10
144
Section 11
163
Section 20
401
Section 21
421
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About the author (1998)

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.

As an attorney, William Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service, and in 1993 he was named one of the top twenty-five young lawyers in the nation. He lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Kirsten, and their children, Harry and Alice.

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