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HATE CRIME
by William Bernhardt

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

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Bernhardt's latest novel
featuring defense attorney Ben Kincaid begins with the kidnapping of a child on Ben's home territory of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and creatively meshes into a murder outside Chicago.

As law enforcement officials act quickly to save the life of the kidnap victim, the
kidnappers inexplicably disappear. Three months later, two fraternity brothers are
on trial near Chicago for the beating death of a gay man, Tony Barovick. Chaos ensues in the courtroom when someone murders one of the defendants and wounds the defense attorney. Then the mother of
the other defendant asks that her son
be represented by Ben, who refuses the case, but his partner, Christina McCall, agrees to take it.

While Johnny has admitted to beating Tony, he claims to have no idea how Tony's body got to the fraternity house where the police found him dead. Eventually, Ben agrees to aid Christina
in Johnny's defense—a case that seems impossible to win.

In this smoothly plotted novel of
suspense, there is no end to the drama, as Tony's death and the missing kidnappers are tied together. A superb thriller. (Feb., 368 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Ballatine

Published: February 2004

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