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Capitol Conspiracy

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William Bernhardt is the author of many novels, including Primary Justice, Murder One, Criminal Intent, Death Row, Hate Crime, Dark Eye, Capitol Murder, and Capitol Threat. He has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award for Best Fiction, and in 2000 he was presented the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award "in recognition of an outstanding body of work in which we understand ourselves and American society at large." A former trial attorney, Bernhardt has received several awards for his public service. He lives in Tulsa with his three children, and readers can e-mail him at or visit his website at From the Hardcover edition.


In Bernhardt's improbable 16th political thriller to feature Ben Kincaid (after 2007's Capitol Threat), President Franklin Blake survives an audacious terrorist attack at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City, but the first lady does not. Kincaid, the junior Democratic senator from Oklahoma, finds himself backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would place vast emergency powers in the hands of a few men and allow for the suspension of most civil liberties. Kincaid's new wife and chief of staff, Christina, works to identify those behind the new Oklahoma City outrage, a group that may include that genre staple, the corrupt insider. Besides getting details wrong (the Department of Homeland Security is led by a secretary, not a director), the author fails to give the Kincaids worthy adversaries (two Secret Service agents posing as lobbyists try to intimidate Christina with compromising photos of her husband, but one of them forgets to remove his Secret Service lapel pin). Some readers may regard this effort as an unhappy melding of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and the Patriot Act. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

When the President's wife is killed in an attack at a ceremony commemorating the Oklahoma City bombing, a constitutional amendment restricting civil liberties is rushed into place. How convenient, mutters the wife of Oklahoma senator Ben Kincaid and starts investigating. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for William Bernhardt Capitol Threat "Plot twists, sly wit and political intrigue make this book exciting reading." -Tucson Citizen "The murderer turns out to be about the last person you'd suspect." -Wisconsin State Journal Capitol Murder "A white-knuckle page-turner . . . Don't start this book when you have something important to do." -The Oklahoman "Political infighting and backstabbing, Kincaid faces it all." -New York Daily News From the Hardcover edition.

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