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William Bernhardt, author of the popular Ben Kincaid legal thrillers, has organized several of todays top authors, including Phillip Margolin, Leslie Glass, John Lescroart, Lisa Scottoline, and John Katzenbach, to concoct NATURAL SUSPECT, a book done by committee.
Each author has contributed a chapter to this witty story involving the murder of an elderly millionaire who has threatened to disinherit his family. His wife is on trial for the crime but is she the killer? Could it be another disgruntled family member? Is her lawyer competent? Is there a conspiracy between defending and prosecuting attorneys? And, even more important, which author wrote which chapter?!
NATURAL SUSPECT is a delightful pastiche of the ever-popular legal subgenre of mystery. The story is written in fun and readers have the added puzzle of trying to figure out who wrote what. As a bonus, all proceeds from the sale of the book go to The Nature Conservancy. (Dec., 192 pp., $23.95)
Reviewed By: Toby Bromberg
Published: December 2001