William Bernhardt Books

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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.

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Order of Ben Kincaid Series

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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

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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
7 Justice For All 2024 Description / Buy

Order of Shine Series

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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) ( By: Tamara Grantham) 2014 Description / Buy
7 Lost Haven (Short Story) ( By: Sabrina A. Fish) 2014 Description / Buy
8 The Unfound (Short Story) ( By: Burke Holbrook) 2014 Description / Buy
9 Cassandra (Short Story) ( By: Lara Wells) 2014 Description / Buy
10 Never Say Reven (Short Story) ( By: Tamara Grantham) 2014 Description / Buy
11 Into the Fire (Short Story) ( By: Tamara Grantham) 2014 Description / Buy
12 Road to Nowhere (Short Story) ( By: Tamara Grantham) 2014 Description / Buy
13 Storms and Spirits (Short Story) ( By: Sabrina A. Fish) 2014 Description / Buy
14 The Gilded Cage (Short Story) ( By: Sabrina A. Fish) 2015 Description / Buy
15 Ricochet (Short Story) ( By: Burke Holbrook) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Splitsville Legal Thriller Series

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1 Splitsville 2021 Description / Buy
2 Exposed 2021 Description / Buy
3 Shameless 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Susan Pulaski Series

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1 Dark Eye 2004 Description / Buy
2 Strip Search 2007 Description / Buy

Order of William Bernhardt Standalone Novels

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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 Challengers of the Dust 2016 Description / Buy
9 Plot/Counterplot 2022 Description / Buy
10 The Florentine Poet ( With: Brian Call) 2023 Description / Buy

Order of William Bernhardt Collections

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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

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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

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1 Equal Justice 2006 Description / Buy

Order of William Bernhardt Picture Books

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1 Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Mysterious Profiles Series

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1 Elvis Cole and Joe Pike ( By: Robert Crais) 2022 Description / Buy
2 Jack Taylor ( By: Ken Bruen) 2022 Description / Buy
3 Jack Reacher ( By: Lee Child) 2022 Description / Buy
4 Charlie Parker ( By: John Connolly) 2022 Description / Buy
5 Hieronymus Bosch ( By: Michael Connelly) 2022 Description / Buy
6 Lincoln Rhyme ( By: Jeffery Deaver) 2022 Description / Buy
7 Alex Delaware ( By: Jonathan Kellerman) 2022 Description / Buy
8 Tess Monaghan ( By: Laura Lippman) 2022 Description / Buy
9 Charlie Resnick ( By: John Harvey) 2022 Description / Buy
10 Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus ( By: Faye Kellerman) 2022 Description / Buy
11 Inspector Morse ( By: Colin Dexter) 2022 Description / Buy
12 Dismas Hardy ( By: John Lescroart) 2022 Description / Buy
13 Bob Lee Swagger ( By: Stephen Hunter) 2022 Description / Buy
14 Aloysius X. L. Pendergast ( By: Douglas Preston) 2022 Description / Buy
15 Lou Boldt (Short Story) ( By: Ridley Pearson) 2022 Description / Buy
16 Spenser ( By: Robert B. Parker) 2022 Description / Buy
17 Charlotte and Thomas Pitt ( By: Anne Perry) 2022 Description / Buy
18 John Rebus ( By: Ian Rankin) 2022 Description / Buy
19 Mallory ( By: Carol O'Connell) 2022 Description / Buy
20 Jane Whitefield (Short Story) ( By: Thomas Perry) 2022 Description / Buy
21 Ian Rutledge: A Mysterious Profile (Short Story) ( By: Charles Todd) 2022 Description / Buy
22 Amos Walker (Short Story) ( By: Loren D. Estleman) 2022 Description / Buy
23 Precious Ramotswe (Short Story) ( By: Alexander McCall Smith) 2022 Description / Buy
24 Maisie Dobbs (Short Story) ( By: Jacqueline Winspear) 2022 Description / Buy
25 The Lincoln Lawyer (Short Story) ( By: Michael Connelly) 2022 Description / Buy
26 Ben Kincaid (Short Story) 2023 Description / Buy
27 Repairman Jack (Short Story) ( By: F. Paul Wilson) 2023 Description / Buy

William Bernhardt Anthologies

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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
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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?

The next book by William Bernhardt is Justice For All and will be released on June, 28th 2024. It is the newest book in the Daniel Pike Series.


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