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In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley
Publisher: Koehler Books (Oct 24, 2018)
Category: Legal/Suspense, Strong Female Lead Character
Tour dates: Oct-Jan, 2018
Available in Print and ebook, 220 pages
Description In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley
Representing a man accused of throwing his wife overboard, chic attorney Lauren Hill begins to artfully present her case. But when Judge Howell seems to morph into God, Lauren’s life of infidelity, poor parenthood, and self-absorption is questioned by the Almighty, who charges Lauren with committing the seven deadly sins. But is this real or fantasy? Is Lauren on the edge of a nervous breakdown, or is God presiding and ultimately deciding Lauren’s fate? In Defense of Guilt is a gripping story of self-discovery, justice, and ultimately about love.
This is a great book for those who love legal thrillers of John Grisham, and Scott Turow.
Praise In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley
“Through edgy protagonist and defense attorney Lauren Hill, Berkley places us in the midst of a murder trial that could itself be the backbone of an exciting legal thriller – but the metaphysical twist that threatens to change the trial into Hill’s own Judgment Day takes In Defense of Guilt to the next level.”-Christopher Leibig, Author, Almost Mortal (2016 Indie Book Award)
“In Defense or Guilt is a fast-paced legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Benjamin Berkley has crafted a main character who fears no consequences until she goes on trial before the “ultimate arbiter.” She defends her client accused of murder while wrestling with her own demons of infidelity, greed and lust. Is salvation the light at the end of the tunnel? Well written and highly recommended. Congratulations to my fellow colleague for such a masterful first endeavor.”-Melanie Bragg, Author Crosstown Park, an Alex Stockton legal thriller
“With IN DEFENSE OF GUILT, Mr. Berkley has written a compellingly unconventional courtroom drama. This unique and fascinating story keeps the reader guessing from beginning to end, while offering an inspirational message that extends far beyond the guilt or innocence of the accused. A truly enjoyable read.”-John J. Jessop, Author of Deadly Pleasure and the Guardian Angel series
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I always enjoyed writing. But having a busy law practice did not lend itself to having the time dedicated for writing. However, after my uncle died, whom I was his Executor, I saw the need to write a book about getting you affairs in order. “My Wishes” was my first self help book. And after three more self help books, I wrote my first novel, Against My Will.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I had made the move mentally long before any agent or publisher agreed with me. But finally, after perseverance, a publisher gave me a chance.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I like to think of myself as a story teller. That is, I create characters that tell a story. And I hope that the story has meaning and teaches a lesson that survives beyond the final page of the book.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
Most rewarding is the feedback that I get from readers. It is the ultimate compliment.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Unlike a lot of writers who get writer’s block, I am fortunate that it does not happen too often. But my biggest challenge is editing. That is, I need to often tell myself that I have made my point and don’t need to belabor it. Move on.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Don’t ever get frustrated by rejection as that is part of the process. But do share your work with others to get their feedback. That is invaluable.
What ways can readers connect with you?
They can email me at email@example.com. I love to connect with my readers.
About Benjamin Berkley
From as far back as he can remember, Benjamin Berkley has been fascinated by the law. Growing up in Long Beach, New York, his daily schedule revolved around grainy black-and-white reruns of Perry Mason who, with the help of Della Street, solved the most complicated crimes imaginable. It was therefore no surprise to his family and friends that Berkley chose law as his career path, now practicing for over forty years.
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Giveaway In Defense of Guilt by Benjamin H. Berkley
This giveaway is for one print copy or ebook copy of the book. Print is available to the U.S. only but ebook is available worldwide. This giveaway ends on November 30, 2018 at midnight pacific time. Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.
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