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Senate aide Veronica Cooper was found in a secret Senate office beneath the Capitol building, on Senator Todd Glancy's favorite couch, blood pouring from the knife wound in her throat. The young woman's death comes on the heels of the release of a sordid videotape depicting her and Senator Glancy in compromising positions.
With the senator's reputation in tatters, the evidence against him, as a sexual predator and possibly a killer, mounts. By the time a nationally televised murder trial begins, Kincaid and his team know they're facing the challenge of a lifetime. According to public opinion, and even in Kincaid's most private thoughts, Glancy is one more politician who cannot admit his own culpability.
But while a dramatic trial unfolds in the courtroom, loaded with pitfalls, traps, and an astounding betrayal, another trial is taking place on the mean streets of D.C., as Kincaid's investigator pursues a young woman who was a friend of Veronica Cooper's, plunging Kincaid into a bizarre world of Goths, sadomasochists, and a community of self-proclaimed vampires. Somewhere in this violent underworld lies the secret behind Veronica Cooper's demise, and the crux of Senator Glancy's innocence or guilt.
"Bernhardt keeps his foot flat on the accelerator, producing action at every turn." (Orlando Sentinel)
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By Sammy on 11-20-06
Intrigue and Suspense
A very good read and on the high level of intrigue and suspense that I have come to expect from this author. The clues are all there and Mr.Bernhardt does an amazing job of almost making you like a generally despicable man who places power and excess above the people he is supposed to be serving. Bashing polititions is so much fun because they so richly deserve our distain. Don't worry about the liberal/conservative retoric, just sit back and enjoy the ride because it is well worth your time.
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By Marilyn Armstrong on 06-16-06
Excellent courtroom drama!
Great writing, excellent reader, keeps you hooked from start to finish. Because this is a series, it also ties up some loose ends from previous book "Criminal Intent," which I found very satisfying. I hope this author keeps writing. The characters just get more interesting with each book he writes!
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