The Final Case of Eliot Ness A Novel
By William Bernhardt
(Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9780345487599, 416pp.)
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
In Chicago, Eliot Ness created “the Untouchables,” the fabled team of federal agents who finally put Al Capone behind bars. Now, in the fall of 1935, Ness has been moved to Cleveland to become the city’s director of public safety. But as Ness starts his new job, a grisly serial killer starts a career of his own. One by one, bodies are found, each one decapitated and dissected with a doctor’s skill and a madman’s bent. The police are baffled and the population is terrorized over the so-called “Torso Killer.” Though it’s not his turf, Ness is forced to take over the case, but the more energy he pours into the investigation, the more it takes over his life and even his untouchable reputation. Because in Cleveland, there is only one true untouchable: a killer who has the perfect hiding place and the perfect plan for destroying Eliot Ness.
William Bernhardt is the author of more than twenty novels, including Primary Justice, Murder One, Criminal Intent, Death Row, Capitol Murder, Capitol Threat, Capitol Conspiracy, and Nemesis. He is one of fewer than a dozen recipients of the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award given “in recognition of an outstanding body of work in which we understand ourselves and American society at large.” He is also one of the country’s most popular writing instructors, teaching at various conferences throughout the year. A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, Marcia, and their children.
“One of America’s legendary heroes comes to vivid life in William Bernhardt’s impressive Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness. This is a terrific story of madness and obsession: The plot is compelling, the writing crisp, and the dialogue evocative. Add to that the disclosure of the real-life identity of America’s first serial killer and you’ve got yourself a winner and then some.”—John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Betrayal
“Painted on a broad canvas, William Bernhardt’s Nemesis is expertly controlled, rich in imagery, blessed with fine characterization. Great authenticity, utter realism, and some fascinating legal skullduggery are woven together into a supple, elegant thriller. William Bernhardt is a born stylist, and his writing through the years has aged like a fine wine and is now sharper, deeper, and better than ever.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Charlemagne Pursuit
“The Untouchables. The Unknowns. The Unspeakable. Evil has many levels. In William Bernhardt’s chilling Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, a real-life American hero descends to the bottom of it, confronting the most dangerous adversary of his career.”—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Creepers