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William Bernhardt is an American author that writes suspense thrillers. A native of Oklahoma, he attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, from where he acquired his Law Degree.
Order of Ben Kincaid Series
|1||Primary Justice||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Blind Justice||1992||Description / Buy|
|3||Deadly Justice||1993||Description / Buy|
|4||Perfect Justice||1994||Description / Buy|
|5||Cruel Justice||1996||Description / Buy|
|6||Naked Justice||1997||Description / Buy|
|7||Extreme Justice||1998||Description / Buy|
|8||Dark Justice||1999||Description / Buy|
|9||Silent Justice||2000||Description / Buy|
|10||Murder One||2001||Description / Buy|
|11||Criminal Intent||2002||Description / Buy|
|12||Death Row||2003||Description / Buy|
|13||Hate Crime||2004||Description / Buy|
|14||Capitol Murder||2006||Description / Buy|
|15||Capitol Threat||2007||Description / Buy|
|16||Capitol Conspiracy||2008||Description / Buy|
|17||Capitol Offense||2009||Description / Buy|
|18||Capitol Betrayal||2010||Description / Buy|
|19||After Hours (Short Story)||2012||Description / Buy|
|20||Yuletide Justice (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|21||What We're Here For (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|22||Rough Justice (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|23||Justice Returns||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Daniel Pike Series
|1||The Last Chance Lawyer||2019||Description / Buy|
|2||Court of Killers||2019||Description / Buy|
|3||Trial by Blood||2019||Description / Buy|
|4||Twisted Justice||2020||Description / Buy|
|5||Judge and Jury||2020||Description / Buy|
|6||Final Verdict||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Shine Series
|1||Childhood's End / Shine||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Roses in the Ashes (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|3||Pandora's Daughters (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||Renegades (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||Who's Gonna Stop Me? (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|6||Raze (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|7||Lost Haven (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|8||The Unfound (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|9||Cassandra (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|10||Never Say Reven (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|11||Into the Fire (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|12||Road to Nowhere (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|13||Storms and Spirits (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|14||The Gilded Cage (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|15||Ricochet (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Splitsville Legal Thriller Series
|1||Splitsville||2021||Description / Buy|
|2||Exposed||2021||Description / Buy|
|3||Shameless||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Susan Pulaski Series
|1||Dark Eye||2004||Description / Buy|
|2||Strip Search||2007||Description / Buy|
Order of William Bernhardt Standalone Novels
|1||The Code of Buddyhood||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||Double Jeopardy||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||The Midnight Before Christmas||1998||Description / Buy|
|4||Final Round||2001||Description / Buy|
|5||Nemesis||2008||Description / Buy|
|6||The Black Sentry||2014||Description / Buy|
|7||The Game Master||2015||Description / Buy|
|8||Plot/Counterplot||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of William Bernhardt Collections
|1||The White Bird (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||The Ocean's Edge (Short Story)||2017||Description / Buy|
Order of Red Sneaker Writers Series
|1||Story Structure (Short Story)||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||The Fundamentals of Fiction (Short Story)||2008||Description / Buy|
|3||Dynamic Dialogue (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|4||Sizzling Style (Short Story)||2014||Description / Buy|
|5||Powerful Premise (Short Story)||2015||Description / Buy|
|6||Excellent Editing (Short Story)||2016||Description / Buy|
|7||Perfecting Plot (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|8||Creating Character (Short Story)||2018||Description / Buy|
|9||What Writers Need to Know (Short Story)||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||Thinking Theme (Short Story)||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of William Bernhardt Non-Fiction Books
|1||Equal Justice||2006||Description / Buy|
Order of William Bernhardt Picture Books
|1||Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon (Short Story)||2007||Description / Buy|
William Bernhardt Anthologies
|1||Partners in Crime||1994||Description / Buy|
|2||Legal Briefs||1998||Description / Buy|
|3||Natural Suspect||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||Voices of the Heartland||2005||Description / Buy|
|5||Love is Murder||2012||Description / Buy|
Nearly two decades later, he got his Masters in English from the University of Tulsa. Despite landing a position at a prestigious law firm, Bernhardt was generous with his time, using his knowledge and experience to teach underprivileged children about the law.
He also took several pro bono cases. The author was determined to help those less fortunate than him, which is why he created the Red Sneaker Writing Center. The organization hosts annual writing workshops. Notable graduates from Bernhardt’s writing seminars include Paul Dalzell, Lara Wells, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Burke Holbrook, to mention but a few.
He created Balkan Press to help aspiring writers. When he was struggling to find his footing in publishing, no one helped him. Bernhardt doesn’t remember meeting any published authors during the earliest days of his burgeoning career.
He believes that writing conferences and workshops would have done wonders for him. Bernhardt was surrounded by naysayers that dismissed his dreams as delusions of grandeur.
He wants to give brand-new writers a robust network of support, which is why Balkan Press has published so many first-time authors. Some people still know the organization by its previous name: HAWK Publishing.
They are responsible for names like P.C. Cast. Bernhardt joined his company’s writing program in the mid-2000s. He wanted to share everything he had learned with other enthusiastic writers.
The author’s publishing journey started at a very early age. Bernhardt was a shy, bespectacled kid that took every opportunity that came his way to visit the library.
His librarians were kind. They took note of his interests and encouraged him to read. Bernhardt was 11 when he submitted a poem to Highlights Magazine.
The rejection they sent back to the author was the first of over 300 that he kept. He appreciated the rejection letters because they told him that his submissions left a lot to be desired.
Bernhardt persisted, writing, submitting, and making improvements along the way until he finally learned that Ballantine was ready to publish his book. The author takes great pleasure in the fact that he writes books for a living because he has so much freedom.
Bernhardt’s law firm kept him so busy that he did not spend as much time with his first child as he would have liked when the boy was born. But that changed when he became a full-time writer.
He doesn’t understand writers that complain about the challenges of their careers when they have more control over their schedules than people in other fields.
Bernhardt enjoys talking to his fans. He answers every email he receives. The author loves hearing from people whose lives have changed because of his books. One reader, a judge, amazed him when he revealed that Bernhardt’s hero, Ben Kincaid, had molded his professional ethics.
William Bernhardt Awards
Bernhardt has received H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author, Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal, and Career Achievement (2000 Booklovers Convention, Houston) Awards.
Best William Bernhardt Books
Literary fiction is not the author’s only passion. He experiments with plays, musicals, and biographies. Bernhardt’s best books include:
The Last Chance Lawyer: Daniel Pike was good at his job. He could connect the dots in ways that left his enemies speechless. But despite his best efforts, it looked like Pike’s courtroom career was dead and buried.
His only hope was an impossible case. Pike had to overcome the various obstacles surrounding a high-stakes trial to protect a young orphan while juggling death threats.
Primary Justice: Ben Kincaid was in a bind. He wanted to be the best lawyer, to serve his employers without abandoning his code of honor. But it did not take him long to realize that doing the right thing wouldn’t necessarily benefit his clients.
Young and idealistic, the lawyer’s troubles began when he joined a law firm and accepted an adoption case. The young woman at the heart of the adoption had memory problems.
Before Ben could make sense of her role in the scheme, the man that wanted to adopt her died. Someone had murdered him. Now, Ben has a mystery on his hands, one he must solve with the aid of a quirky paralegal.
When Does The Next William Bernhardt book come out?
William Bernhardt doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Plot/Counterplot and was released on July, 26th 2022.