Writing Out Loud, 2009

"An appealing mystery with a wry perspective."—Publishers Weekly

William Bernhardt

(1960– )

Bill Bernhardt’s writing niche is the Ben Kincaid mystery/thriller series (1991-2010), featuring the title character as a struggling lawyer who can’t say “no” to an underdog. Though Ben drinks a little too much chocolate milk, he’s no milquetoast and eventually becomes a powerful politician, championing worthy causes from the nation’s capital.

Bill, an attorney himself, has often been asked how closely Ben is based on him. His response: he likes to think he’s a better lawyer than Ben. Bill has also written several stand-alone books and has become a mentor to other writers through his writing workshops.

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William Bernhardt has constructed crossword puzzles for the New York Times.

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Selected Works

Primary Justice, 1991
The Cody of Buddyhood, 1992
Princess Alice and the Dreadful Dragon, 2007

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