Father Daniel Beale, an Episcopalian priest, has been accused of murdering three women, all members of his vestry, and has retained Ben Kincaid for the defense. Father Beale was Ben's boyhood priest, a man who helped ease his very troubled childhood, who could never have harmed a fly, much less three people.

Gathering evidence is tough, though. Father Beale is an activist who's angered many members of his congregation, and the vestry was hoping to replace him. Still, Ben is confident that he can win. He isn't prepared, though, for what is revealed about Father Beale, and discovering the truth of the killings may just put the emotionally wounded Ben over the edge.

The always-impressive William Bernhardt does it again! CRIMINAL INTENT is a riveting, explosive book that will hold you in its spell. This phenomenal tale delivers both a shocking denouement and a surprise ending—it's highly entertaining, but will definitely give you pause about our legal system. (Sep., 368 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg