Capitol Murder: A Novel by William Bernhardt

Capitol Murder: A Novel by William Bernhardt

By William Bernhardt

William Bernhardt’s bestselling novels that includes Oklahoma safeguard legal professional Ben Kincaid trap the bare-knuckles truth of high-stakes felony safety, as lofty beliefs of justice conflict with energy, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol homicide, Bernhardt’s hard-charging hero takes on his so much surprising, headline-making case yet.

Kincaid’s criminal luck has earned him a doubtful gift: a trip throughout the having a look glass into the Beltway. the following, within the center of the nation’s capital, a strong U.S. senator has been stuck first in a sordid intercourse scandal, then in a case of murder.

Senate aide Veronica Cooper was once present in a mystery Senate workplace underneath the Capitol construction, on Senator Todd Glancy’s favourite sofa, blood pouring from the knife wound in her throat. The younger woman’s demise comes at the heels of the discharge of a sordid videotape depicting her and Senator Glancy in compromising positions.

With the senator’s popularity in tatters, the proof opposed to him–as a sexual predator and probably a killer–mounts. by the point a nationally televised homicide trial starts off, Kincaid and his workforce recognize they’re dealing with the problem of a life-time. based on public opinion, or even in Kincaid’s such a lot deepest techniques, Glancy is another baby-kisser who can't admit his personal culpability.

But whereas a dramatic trial unfolds within the courtroom–loaded with pitfalls, traps, and an spectacular betrayal–another trial is occurring at the suggest streets of D.C., as Kincaid’s investigator pursues a tender lady who was once a chum of Veronica Cooper’s, plunging Kincaid right into a weird and wonderful global of Goths, sadomasochists, and a group of self-proclaimed vampires. someplace during this violent underworld lies the key at the back of Veronica Cooper’s death . . . and the crux of Senator Glancy’s innocence or guilt.

In a case that pits Kincaid and his freewheeling accomplice Christina McCall opposed to the brutal equipment of Washington politics, the solutions they search are hidden in a murderous maze of lies and hidden factors. And in William Bernhardt’s top novel but, attending to actually an unprecedented adventure in natural, fulfilling suspense.

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I stopped and stared but he walked on without me. I hurried to catch up. “Back when Byrdie and her mama first came to Piney Grove to worship, there was an old busybody in the congregation by the name of Ethel Cox. She had something ill to say about everybody. My mama was in charge of organizing the bake sale that year and she held a meeting at our house. Well, there wasn’t much talk about a bake sale that night. It was stuffy so Mama had opened the windows. I stood outside smoking and heard the whole thing.

He’ll never leave Bloodroot Mountain because the Cotters have lived here for generations, but I wonder if he ever wants to dust his hands of this place and move on. Millertown was the big city to me back then, before I went to Knoxville with Daddy once to buy a washing machine. Now I see it for what it really is, a country town with old houses and glass-sprinkled lots and the smokestacks of dirty-looking factories looming over everything. The buildings on Main Street are falling into disrepair but they still have character, with tall windows and painted brick and arched doorways.

One time I caught him off by hisself hid in the corn patch, reading a book of poems. His face got red as a beet and he flew so mad I thought he was going to fight me, just because I knowed he liked to read poems. ” Mr. Barnett talked about Myra’s granny, too. He said he could see why Macon was drawn to Byrdie, even though she wasn’t much to look at. She was brash and sassy and tough. “I seen her bury every one of her children and take to her bed for months at a time,” Mr. Barnett said. “But someway she always got back on her feet.

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