William Bernhardts powerful series of legal thrillers featuring crusading attorney Ben Kincaid have won him a die-hard following and widespread critical acclaim as a master of the courtroom drama (Library Journal). Now, on the heels of his national bestseller Criminal Intent, William Bernhardt returns with his most electrifying novel to date. Oklahoma attorney Ben Kincaid put his reputation on the line when he represented Ray Goldman. The seemingly mild-mannered industrial chemist was charged with a staggeringly brutal crime: the torture and massacre of an entire suburban Tulsa family. But in spite of the grisly, tabloid-ready details of the sensational case, Bens deft defense against a lack of hard evidence and improper police procedure made an acquittal all but certain. Until the prosecutions star witnessthe lone survivor of the slaughtertook the stand . . . and sealed Ray Goldmans fate. Seven years later, Goldmans date with the death chamber is at hand. But seconds before the lethal injection, an eleventh-hour reprieve halts the executionand launches Ben on a race against time to overturn Ray Goldmans conviction. Erin Faulkner, the young woman who narrowly escaped the carnage that claimed her family, has abruptly recanted her testimony, after years of silence desperate to keep an innocent man from dying. Just as suddenly, this near-miraculous turn of events turns tragic: Erin is discovered dead, an apparent suicide. And Ben Kincaid is the only witness to her stunning confession. Ben is certain Erin didnt commit suicide. She was a victim of murder silenced by the same killer who butchered her family. All Ben has to do is prove it. But his unseen enemy is determined to cover his tracks once and for all . . . with blood.
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