Dark Justice

William Bernhardt, Author Ballantine Books $22.5 (400p) ISBN 978-0-345-40738-2
The eighth in a series of popular courtroom cliffhangers, Bernhardt's newest Ben Kincaid novel (after Extreme Justice) finds the savvy defense attorney in a tiny logging town in the Pacific Northwest. The sinister forces at work behind Magic Valley's Bunyan-esque simplicity emerge when a tree-cutter explodes in anger and kills a local lumberjack--and Ben's old client, George Zakin, is suspected of the foul play. Called on to defend this man again (six years earlier Zakin had been accused and acquitted of an ecoterrorism homicide), Ben reluctantly takes the case. Ben's investigation of the other suspects--a scar-faced drug lord, the mysterious Bigfoot creature often sighted in the thick, dark woods, the leader of a covert logging consortium called ""The Cabal"" and many a vicious redneck snarling repetitiously about ""tree-huggers""--brings Ben into dangerous contact with the Magic Valley's underbelly. The sexiness of Ben's opponent, ""stunning young prosecutor"" ""Granny"" Adams, raises the courtroom stakes. But somehow--perhaps because the cranky old hanging judge would rather be fishing--these scenes fail to deliver the drama they promise. Bernhardt juices the suspense with chapter-ending teasers (""The secret would have to die. With her.""), but the gratuitous violence and oversimplification of the logging controversy keep the potboiler on medium-high at best. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/04/1999
Release date: 01/01/1999
Show other formats
Open Ebook - 448 pages - 978-0-307-41491-5
Ebook - 389 pages - 978-1-4532-7718-8
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-306-61039-1
Open Ebook - 1 pages - 978-1-299-10691-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 448 pages - 978-0-345-43476-0
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.