Capitol Murder

Capitol Murder

A Novel of Suspense

By William Bernhardt

Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345451507, 411pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2007


William Bernhardt’s bestselling novels featuring Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid capture the bare-knuckles reality of high-stakes criminal defense, as lofty ideals of justice clash with power, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol Murder, Bernhardt’s hard-charging hero takes on his most shocking, headline-making case yet.

Kincaid’s legal success has earned him a dubious reward: a journey through the looking glass into the Beltway. Here, in the heart of the nation’s capital, a powerful U.S. senator has been caught first in a sordid sex scandal, then in a case of murder.

Senate aide Veronica Cooper was found in a secret Senate office beneath the Capitol building, on Senator Todd Glancy’s favorite couch, blood pouring from the knife wound in her throat. The young woman’s death comes on the heels of the release of a sordid videotape depicting her and Senator Glancy in compromising positions.

With the senator’s reputation in tatters, the evidence against him–as a sexual predator and possibly a killer–mounts. By the time a nationally televised murder trial begins, Kincaid and his team know they’re facing the challenge of a lifetime. According to public opinion, and even in Kincaid’s most private thoughts, Glancy is one more politician who cannot admit his own culpability.

But while a dramatic trial unfolds in the courtroom–loaded with pitfalls, traps, and an astounding betrayal–another trial is taking place on the mean streets of D.C., as Kincaid’s investigator pursues a young woman who was a friend of Veronica Cooper’s, plunging Kincaid into a bizarre world of Goths, sadomasochists, and a community of self-proclaimed vampires. Somewhere in this violent underworld lies the secret behind Veronica Cooper’s demise . . . and the crux of Senator Glancy’s innocence or guilt.

In a case that pits Kincaid and his freewheeling partner Christina McCall against the brutal machinery of Washington politics, the answers they seek are hidden in a murderous maze of lies and hidden motives. And in William Bernhardt’s best novel yet, getting to the truth is an unparalleled experience in pure, satisfying suspense.

About the Author
William Bernhardt (b. 1960), a former attorney, is a bestselling thriller author. Born in Oklahoma, he began writing as a child, submitting a poem about the Oklahoma Land Run to "Highlights" and receiving his first rejection letter when he was eleven years old. Twenty years later, he had his first success, with the publication of "Primary Justice" (1991), the first novel in the long-running Ben Kincaid series.The success of "Primary Justice" marked Bernhardt as a promising young talent, and he followed the book with seventeen more mysteries starring the idealistic defense attorney, including "Murder One "(2001) and "Hate Crime" (2004). Bernhardt s other novels include "Double Jeopardy "(1995) and "The Midnight Before Christmas" (1998), a holiday-themed thriller. In 1999, Bernhardt founded Bernhardt Books (formerly HAWK Publishing Group) as a way to help boost the careers of struggling young writers. In addition to writing and publishing, Bernhardt teaches writing workshops around the country. He currently lives with his family in Oklahoma.

Praise For Capitol Murder

Praise for Dark Eye

“Bernhardt keeps his foot flat on the accelerator, producing action at every turn of the page.”
–Orlando Sentinel

“Murder in Sin City, as investigated by a tough woman cop and her incomparably gifted young associate–Bernhardt and Vegas go together like fire and gasoline.”
–Stephen Coonts, author of Liars & Thieves

“A Silence of the Lambs meets Rain Man thriller that will chill you while its two unique and endearing protagonists steal your heart.”
–Lisa Scottoline, author of Killer Smile

“Cliff-hanging suspense . . . a macabre detective story.”
–The Roanoke Times