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Publication Order of Ben Kincaid Books

Primary Justice (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blind Justice (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadly Justice (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perfect Justice (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cruel Justice (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naked Justice (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Extreme Justice (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Justice (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Justice (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder One (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminal Intent (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Row (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hate Crime (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capitol Murder (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capitol Threat (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capitol Conspiracy (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capitol Offense (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capitol Betrayal (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
After Hours (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yuletide Justice (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
What We're Here For (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rough Justice (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justice Returns (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Daniel Pike Books

The Last Chance Lawyer (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Court of Killers (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trial by Blood (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Twisted Justice (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Judge and Jury (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Verdict (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Shine Books

Childhood's End / Shine (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roses in the Ashes (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pandora's Daughters (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Renegades (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who's Gonna Stop Me? (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Raze (By: Tamara Grantham) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Haven (By: Sabrina A. Fish) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unfound (By: Burke Holbrook) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cassandra (By: Lara Wells) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Never Say Reven (By: Tamara Grantham) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Into the Fire (By: Tamara Grantham) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Road to Nowhere (By: Tamara Grantham) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Storms and Spirits (By: Sabrina A. Fish) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gilded Cage (By: Sabrina A. Fish) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ricochet (By: Burke Holbrook) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Splitsville Legal Thriller Books

Publication Order of Susan Pulaski Books

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Code of Buddyhood (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Jeopardy (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Midnight Before Christmas (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Round (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nemesis (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Black Sentry (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Game Master (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Plot/Counterplot (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Florentine Poet (With: Brian Call) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The White Bird (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ocean's Edge (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Red Sneaker Writers Books

Story Structure (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Fundamentals of Fiction (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dynamic Dialogue (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sizzling Style (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Powerful Premise (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excellent Editing (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perfecting Plot (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Creating Character (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Writers Need to Know (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thinking Theme (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Publication Order of Picture Books

Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mysterious Profiles Books

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (By: Robert Crais) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Taylor (By: Ken Bruen) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jack Reacher (By: Lee Child) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Parker (By: John Connolly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hieronymus Bosch (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lincoln Rhyme (By: Jeffery Deaver) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Alex Delaware (By: Jonathan Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess Monaghan (By: Laura Lippman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlie Resnick (By: John Harvey) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (By: Faye Kellerman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Inspector Morse (By: Colin Dexter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dismas Hardy (By: John Lescroart) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Lee Swagger (By: Stephen Hunter) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aloysius X. L. Pendergast (By: Douglas Preston) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lou Boldt (By: Ridley Pearson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spenser (By: Robert B. Parker) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Charlotte and Thomas Pitt (By: Anne Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Rebus (By: Ian Rankin) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mallory (By: Carol O'Connell) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jane Whitefield (By: Thomas Perry) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (By: Charles Todd) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amos Walker (By: Loren D. Estleman) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Precious Ramotswe (By: Alexander McCall Smith) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Maisie Dobbs (By: Jacqueline Winspear) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lincoln Lawyer (By: Michael Connelly) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Kincaid (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Repairman Jack (By: F. Paul Wilson) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Partners in Crime(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Legal Briefs(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Natural Suspect(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voices of the Heartland(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love is Murder(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

William Bernhardt is an American writer best known for his many thriller/mystery/suspense works chief amongst which is the considerably popular Ben Kincaid series.


William Bernhardt was once named the master of courtroom drama, primarily because of the success of his most popular series of books, revolving around the idealistic attorney Ben Kincaid.

Compared to people like John Mortimer and P.G Wodehouse, Bernhardt has earned the respect of a great many readers and critics the world over, winning over audiences with the realism he injects into the legal situations that appear in his book, this complimented by the numerous twists and breathtaking pace.

The author has been known to examine those most trending issues of the nation, the sorts of matters that eventually rise to prominence in American Society. The heights William has managed to climb as an author are, perhaps, not that surprising.

After all, William Bernhardt once boasted a successful career as a lawyer; acquiring his law degree from the University of Oklahoma, William spent nine years under the auspices of a large firm as a trial lawyer, during which time he was recognized on several occasions, not only for his competence in court but the pro bono work he did, assisting the helpless and guiding young minds interested in pursuing law.

With accolades including his name in barrister magazine as one of the best 20 young lawyers in the country as well as a special award for his outstanding service from the Oklahoma Bar Association, William Bernhardt is also one of America’s most in-demand writing instructors. Hosting an annual writing work shop as well as various smaller group seminars, products of William’s tutelage include Aprilynne Pike (New York Times bestseller) and Sarah Rees Brennan (UK national bestseller) along with numerous other successful authors such as Rick Stiller, Lara Wells, Greg Fields, Audrey Streetman, Christian Archer, Rick Ludwig and Paul Dalzell to mention but a few.

Beyond merely teaching and writing, William Bernhardt also founded the HAWK publishing group in 1999; while publishing noteworthy works by novelists such as N. Scott Momaday, beyond merely bringing the biggest names to book stores, William’s intention for HAWK lay in providing an avenue through which unpublished authors could get their voices out. It is for this reason why most of the works published by HAWK have been first time novels.

Despite successes like P.C Cast’s ‘House of Night’ series, William closed HAWK in 2009.

William Bernhardt has proven his competency as a creative individual through his various accomplishments and the roles he has played over the years, these including lyricist, music writer, pianist and a crossword puzzle creator.

William has also proven his adventurous side several times over, showing an interest in and pursuing scuba diving, surfing, trekking and paragliding in some dangerous places to mention but a few.

While known primarily for his legal fictional works, William Bernhardt’s writing successes extend beyond the Ben Kincaid series, with novels like ‘The Code of Buddyhood’ tackling coming of age stories about life and difficult friendships.

William’s name is hardly new to the media, Bernhardt having made a habit out of appearing on programs and Networks such as CNN, CNBC, The Today Show and Nightline to mention but a few.

His books having sold more than ten million copies, William Bernhardt can boast of having won the Oklahoma Book Award an astounding 14 times, with additional writing accolades including the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award and the career achievement award to mention but a few.

William’s non-fiction novel ‘Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness’ is currently under production as a miniseries. The novel, which delves into the world of the ‘Mad Butcher of Cleveland’-arguably considered to be America’s first serial killer-, took William two years to research.

William’s wife, Lara Bernhardt, is also a writer as well as an audio book narrator.

Primary Justice

Ben Kincaid has just begun his first day as an associate; he has every intention of climbing the ladder to partnership at Raven, Tucker and Tubb. But first he must overcome a difficult hurdle. Assigned to what seems like little more than grunt work, Ben takes to helping one of the firm’s biggest clients with all the gusto he can muster, especially after he meets Emily, the Korsakov’s Syndrome patient that Jonathan and Bertha Adams want to adopt.

Ben is going about getting the necessary paperwork in order when a phone call informs him of Jonathan’s death, whose body had been discovered in an alleyway, hacked to pieces. Unable to ignore the possibility that Jonathan’s untimely demise might be connected to the girl, Emily, who cannot form new memories, Ben’s investigation forces him down a chilling path.

Many readers have been known to express ambivalent opinions about the first book in the Ben Kincaid series. Primary Justice brings to the table all the elements that have made William Bernhardt such a success, with a story that is fast paced and twists that can be shocking.

The novel, however, reads just like many authors’ first books, with many readers referring to the writing as sophomoric, others complaining somewhat about how all the threads, questions and plots where tied up a little too conveniently and perfectly. These complaints do not completely ruin Primary Justice, which is none the less intriguing and considerably entertaining.

Blind Justice

Ben Kincaid is finally out of the corporate life; striking out on his own, the lawyer has finally been afforded the opportunity to observe and engage with the seamy side of the law. There is little glamour or sophistication out in the cold and neither are there any grand rewards to be reaped, not for defending the losers that keep knocking on his door.

Things take a new turn when Ben’s friend is framed for murder. Kincaid will have to thrust himself into the arena of hardball litigation once more. And in the face of a judge that despises his guts, Ben Kincaid knows that his loss is more or less guaranteed.

The second book in the Ben Kincaid series is a captivating read; many readers have praised the novel for finally picking up the slack and improving upon the failures of the first novel, William presenting a story with numerous interesting characters. The coincidences do little to ruin the pace, which is complimented by the freshness of William Bernhardt’s writing.

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