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Ben Kincaid is now in private practice for himself. He is struggling to make ends meet, as all of his clients to date have only modest means. Unexpectedly, his friend and former legal assistant, Christina McCall, is arrested for murdering a suspected drug smuggler. Ben goes to the jail to visit Christina, and she tells him that she wants him to represent her. Ben is justifiably nervous about taking on the FBI, but will do what he can for his friend t...
The protagonist, a PHD mis-fit female detective/profiler "Susan" recently widowed, late husband also a police detective. Sinks into mentally ill soup of alcoholism, violent assault, alcoholism detox, hallucinations, job and status loss, delusions of persecution and justifiable loss of custody of her ward niece into the care of a foster family. Rather than be a come back from behind character Susan continues to secretly, she thinks, drink after her bout w...
After impressively winning a trial, Ben Kincaid is approached by an employee of Apollo Consortium, a huge amalgamation in Oklahoma, with an offer of employment. Apollo's eagerness to have Ben on board leaves Ben feeling somewhat uneasy, and Christina McCall, his legal assistant, thinks the offer is too good to be true. However, as Ben is still struggling in private practice, and Christina is also offered a position at Apollo to work for him, Ben accept...
Ballantine, Jul 2003, 25.95, 320 pp. ISBN: 0345441745 Seven years ago Tulsa attorney Ben Kincaid failed to obtain a not guilty verdict for his client, food chemist Ray Goldman. Now the convicted killer of multiple murders, in which he killed eight members of the Faulkner family removing their eyes, faces execution by lethal injection unless Ben can get a stay with with last appeal. Shockingly, Erin Faulkner, the only eye witness survivor whos...
Travis Byrne, ex-cop turned lawyer, agrees to defend a known criminal, Al Moroconi, for rape, after the first lawyer who had the case mysteriously disappeared. Byrne does not like Moroconi, but doesn't think he is guilty of that particular crime. After the first day of trial, Byrne is winning the case, but Moroconi breaks out of jail that night. Late that night, Moroconi calls Byrne and asks Byrne to meet him. Byrne tells Moroconi he will, if Moroc...
Ballantine, March 2002, 23.95, 256 pp. ISBN: 0345449622 Long before they joined the tour, PGA players Conner Cross and John McCree have been close friends from their Oklahoma childhood days, but their respective careers are going in different directions. While both enjoy the off course camaraderie and wacky bets, John is a steady player earning a living while the more talented Connor struggles to make the cuts. However, this year both have ...
Ballantine, Feb 2004, 25.95, 368 pp. ISBN 0345451473 Some crimes are more repulsive than others are, as Major Mike Morelli of the Tulsa PD Homicide Division knows very well. He along with the FBI and a swat team are trying to rescue an eight-year-old boy who was kidnapped eight days ago. The police know where they are and plan to neutralize the kidnappers so they will not kill the boy. When they finally make a move, the child is unharmed but t...
Ballantine, Apr 2001, 23.95, 336 pp. ISBN: 0345428145 In Tulsa, Ben Kincaid defends stripper Keri Dalcarton against a charge of brutally killing police officer Joe McNaugton in a bestial manner left for public viewing. The trial goes badly as witness after witness provides testimony insures Keri's conviction. However, Ben notices that the two search warrants used to look inside Keri's car and home were illegal, forcing the judge to throw ou...
NATURAL SUSPECT et al Ballantine, Sept 2001, 23.95, 192 pp. ISBN 0345437682 The Hightowers of Hightower oil may be very rich, but they are not happy. The mother Julia is a drunk; the son is a dilettante with a wife who has a single digit IQ; and the daughter believes play is weed. The patriarch, Arthur, never encouraged them to work, preferring they remain under his control until he was ready to divorce his wife and disinherit his children. ...
Ben Kincaid is a new associate at the firm of Raven, Tucker & Tubb, the most prestigious law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He gets off to a rough start when he accidentally humiliates the speaker at orientation, who turns out to be his supervising attorney, Richard Derek. Derek gives Ben an adoption case as his first assignment. Ben doesn't know anything about adoptions, but is enchanted by the little girl, Emily, that an older couple, Jonathan and Bertha ...
The Midnight Before Christmas
The day before Christmas, Carl goes into a rage at his ex-wife Bonnie's house because she won't let him see their son. Bonnie goes to the law firm where Megan McGee agrees to talk to her. Bonnie tells Megan that Carl was a drinker and abusive during their marriage, and that Carl even tried to poison their child Tommy. Megan decides to help Bonnie get an immediate restraining order. In the meantime, Carl figures out that Tommy is in day care, and ...
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