Blind Justice


I must admit that, at the time I wrote it, I didn't perceive Primary Justice as the first of a series, but after it started hitting the bestseller lists, the publisher wanted a sequel. This book finds Ben launching his own practice—and Christina is his first client, accused of murder. It also introduces Jones and Loving to the regular cast. Despite the grim plot description, this is possibly the funniest book in the series.

Perfect Justice


My first hardcover was inspired by my involvement with HateWatch at the Poverty Law Center. It was my first book to win the Oklahoma Book Award. Ben goes head-to-head with a white supremacist militia group in a small town in Arkansas. This book was published more than a year before the Oklahoma City bombing. At the time it was released, many critics scoffed that I had made too much of these "backwoods bullies." After the bombing, no one ever said that again.

Naked Justice


Another strong entry, especially for fans of courtroom drama, or readers wanting to know more about Ben's stormy relationship with his father. Ben represents Tulsa's mayor who has been charged with murdering his wife and children. Some superficial resemblances to the O.J. Simpson trial attracted too much of the critics' attention when the hardcover was released, but it was fabulously successful in paperback, possibly because it's a good book, or possibly because the title contains the word "Naked."

Extreme Justice


Readers learn a lot more about Ben and his past in this entry, not to mention his (and my) musical taste. This book also introduces Paula Jones, later to be Jones's wife, and reveals that Christina has been secretly going to law school at night. My mother called the ending "sublime"—one of my all-time favorite reviews. This book won the Southern Writers Guild's Gold Medal Award.

Murder One


Christina graduates from law school, just in time to represent Ben when he's charged with murder. This is another of my favorites, and it's the first Ben book not to have the word "Justice" in the title. I had argued for this for some time, but was told a title change might impact sales. It did—for the better. This was my first book to hit the New York Times bestseller list.

Capitol Murder


I thought sending Ben to Washington to represent a senator charged with murder and several other scurrilous crimes would be an interesting change of pace. Turned out readers thought it was a good idea—as I write this in early 2007, this is my bestselling hardcover ever, which is why the next soon-to-be-released Ben book also contains "Capitol" in the title (but I promise there won't be nine "Capitol" titles).

Capitol Threat


When Oklahoma attorney Ben Kincaid came to Washington, D.C., to defend a senator caught in a red-hot sex scandal turned murder case, he never dreamed he'd end up trading the courtroom for the senate chamber. And after his not-so-distinguished client stepped down, Ben found himself appointed to complete the sullied senator's term. Now, having barely gotten his political sea legs, he must rise to yet another challenge: advising the president's next Supreme Court nominee during the sometimes thorny confirmation process. Luckily, Judge Thaddeus Roush's popularity on both sides of the aisle looks to make him a shoo-in. Until he decides to out himself on national television–igniting a Beltway uproar and setting the stage for a bare-knuckle partisan brawl.

Capitol Conspiracy


Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid has found himself smack in the middle of more than a few controversies and deadly predicaments–and the unexpected leap from his modest Tulsa law offices to Washington, D.C.'s Senate chamber hasn't taken the edge off Ben's knack for stepping into the line of fire. Now the idealistic junior senator is plunged into the thick of lethal intrigue when a shocking campaign of terror against key government officials rocks the nation's capital.

Capitol Offense


Insane with grief, Professor Dennis Thomas blames Detective Christopher Sentz for the death of his wife and wants to kill him. In fact, Thomas shares his revenge plans with Ben Kincaid. Then someone fires seven bullets into the police officer. Against all advice and going on instinct, Kincaid decides to represent the troubled professor, who faces a charge of capital murder. Meanwhile, Kincaid's personal private detective, Loving, starts prying loose pieces of a shocking secret. Working in the shadows of the law, Loving risks his life to construct an entirely new narrative about Detective Sentz, Joslyn Thomas, and madness in another guise: the kind that every citizen should fear and no one will recognize–until it is too late.

Capitol Betrayal

In one harrowing day, lawyer and former senator Ben Kincaid enters the eye of an international storm, a crisis with consequences beyond calculation. Kincaid is in a meeting with the president in the Oval Office when Washington suddenly explodes into chaos. Facing an imminent threat to the White House, Kincaid is whisked, along with the president and his advisors, to the underground PEOC–Presidential Emergency Operations Center–built to withstand a nuclear blast, but vulnerable to another kind of attack.

Justice Returns


Attorney Ben Kincaid is back with the most controversial case of his career. Ben’s former friend, Oscar Kirby, an Iraq war vet subjected by the CIA to "enhanced interrogation techniques," is the primary suspect when his "interrogator" is murdered. A dramatic trial unfolds in the courtroom–loaded with pitfalls, surprises, and a breathtaking betrayal. Something else, something very dangerous lurks on the perimeter of this case, and Ben must pull every trick he knows to uncover the truth--before it's too late.