While on a tour in Magic Valley, Washington promoting his wildly unsuccessful book, attorney Ben Kincaid is arrested for catnapping. His assistant gets him cleared, but a bigger event is on the horizon. Ben is asked to defend eco-terrorist George Zakin on a murder charge. Zakin has been accused of killing logger Dwayne Gardiner, an act he denies. The ironic part is that Ben defended Zakin several years earlier on a similar charge.

Ben finds he has his work cut out for him. Magic Valley is supported by the logging industry and the citizens have no respect for environmentalists. The sexy DA, Granville Granny Adams, is sharp and sly, a most worthy opponent. Complicating matters is the fact that Zakin is keeping secrets of his own and Ben soon finds that he will literally have to walk through fire to get to the bottom of the murder.

DARK JUSTICE is another superlative courtroom thriller from attorney William Bernhardt. The sensitive and smart Ben Kincaid is a hero to die for as he gallantly takes on causes that other people give up on. (Jan., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg