Bestselling author William Bernhardt is an unsurpassed master at blending psychological suspense with gripping, surprise-filled legal action. Now, Bernhardt and his crusading attorney Ben Kincaid return in athrilling story of love, hate, and the power of a courtroom to separate deception from the truth.
In Tulsa, Ben Kincaid has built a national reputation as a stalwart defense attorney who will fighttirelessly for his clients. In Evanston, Illinois, Johnny Christensen has built a national reputation as a sadistic bigot who beat and stabbed a gay man and left him to die. When Johnny's mother comes to Ben andbegs him to defend her son, he has one secret reason for saying no.
But while Ben turns down the case, his younger, beautiful partner, Christina McCall, does not. Traveling to Chicago and facing anexplosion of controversy and deadly violence surrounding the trial, Christina steps into a case that is already nearly lost. Her client's only defense is his claim that he left his victim bludgeoned but alive. Toprove that someone else committed the actual murder, Christina needs a little bit of evidence-and a good motive to go with it.
When unforeseen circumstances force Ben Kincaid to enter thetrial, the defense attorney sees only one way to prove Johnny's innocence. But Ben's plan means luring a killer out of the woodwork-even though he may kill again. . . .
Anovel of gut-wrenching twists and surprises, this thriller brilliantly explores the passions between lovers-and the passions behind society's most heinous crimes. Once again, the remarkable WilliamBernhardt makes us challenge every assumption, second-guess every judgment, and feel the terror of the truth. "From the Hardcover edition."