A struggling lawyer. A bitter custody battle. A deadly fire. This case could cost Kenzi her career—and her life.

Kenzi Rivera is furious. Passed over for promotion at her own father’s firm, the talented divorce lawyer is tired of fighting chauvinism every single day. When a desperate scientist begs for help getting her daughter back, Kenzi can’t resist… even though this client is involved in Hexitel, a group she calls her religion but others call a cult.

Kenzi uncovers evidence of disturbing practices at Hexitel involving large sums of money, servitude, and sex. She also learns her client’s lab has been plagued by death threats and cutthroat competition. After the workplace burns to the ground and her client is charged with murder, the ambitious attorney knows there is much more at stake than a simple custody dispute.

Can Kenzi find a path to the truth before she’s trapped in a maze of death?

Splitsville is the dramatic first book in the Splitsville Legal Thriller series. If you like gutsy heroines, diverse characters, and page-turning suspense, then you’ll love William Bernhardt’s twisty tale.

Splitsville Legal Thriller Series




Daniel Pike Series



The Last Chance Lawyer


Court of Killers


Trial by Blood

Twisted Justice


Judge and Jury


Final Verdict

Red Sneaker Writers

Story Structure: The Key to Successful Fiction

Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life

Perfecting Plot: Charting the Hero’s Journey

Dynamic Dialogue: Letting Your Story Speak

Sizzling Style: Every Word Matters

Powerful Premise: Writing the Irresistible

Excellent Editing: The Writing Process

Thinking Theme: The Heart of the Matter

What Writers Need to Know: Essential Topics

Dazzling Description: Painting the Perfect Picture

Ben Kincaid Novels

Stand-Alone Novels

Susan Pulaski Series


Dark Eye

Strip Search



The White Bird

The Ocean’s Edge

Balkan Press Books

William Bernhardt is also the Publisher of the Balkan Press, which through its books, prizes, and journal (Conclave), publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction of exceptional literary merit. Balkan seeks work that has a transcendent aesthetic impact on the reader, that heightens the reader’s sense of the mystery underlying our daily lives, that holds life up to a fresh light and helps readers see what they did not see before.


Four Days & Year Later

Whimsical Warrior

Fetish & other Stories

The Smell of The Light

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