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Cruel Justice

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Cruel Justice by William Bernhardt
Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Dec 28, 1996 | ISBN 9780345408037

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Author Essay

The authors I edit tend to attract devoted — one might even say passionate — readers.  And readers who relay the depth of their passion in letters.  William Bernhardt is one perennial recipient of zealous fan mail.  (One admirer wrote that she has "never been much of a novel reader.  In fact, the last entire book that I can remember reading was TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, when I was in high school."  But a friend handed her CRUEL JUSTICE — and she "just simply could not put it down."  

A more recent example of this ardor came in a letter from a U. S. Army private stationed in Bosnia:

"I’ve been in country for six months now.  During the day we are occupied with all kinds of work, but at night we try to come up with anything fun that would keep our minds off the fact that we are isolated from our families, disconnected from our lives back home, and jeopardize our lives being in Bosnia.  Our amusements are limited to reading, watching old movies, playing games, and listening to music.  I have never been a reader.  As a matter of fact, I hate reading.  But after looking through our miniature library, I discovered CRUEL JUSTICE.  I thought I’d give it a try. . .  After reading the first five chapters of your novel, I couldn’t put it down.  I read it during my breaks, during meal times, during my free time, and before going to bed. . .  It took me only four days to read CRUEL JUSTICE.  Now a book that’s 464 pages would usually take me at least two weeks to read.  But your book is so clever that I just didn’t want to put it down. . . Thank you for sharing your talents with everyone.  You have a great gift."

Needless to say, once I learned about this soldier’s enthusiasm for William Bernhardt, I arranged for copies of other Bernhardt novels to be sent his way.

–Joe Blades, Associate Publisher

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