IT ALL BEGAN WITH ONE EMAIL

In a luxury Boston hotel on April 14,2009, police discovered the body of a beautiful young woman – her head battered, a bullet through her heart. Within hours, the story exploded, making headlines across the nation. The victim, a masseuse named Julissa Brisman, had advertise her erotic services on popular classified ads Web site Craigslist. A twenty two year old medical student named Philip Markoff was her last known client..

The Boston police Homicide Unit followed a digital trail that led to Markoff’s home, where investigators found a gun, prepaid cell phones, plastic handcuffs, and other evidence linking Markoff  to undergarments raising ever more questions about their suspect; How many other women did Markoff meet before Brisman? And what happened to them? This is the true story of the woman’s date with death.

TITLE: A DATE WITH DEATH

AUTHOR: MICHELE R. McPHEE

        

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WHERE VIOLENCE AND CORRUPTION REIGN SUPREME

Sarah Reese,the teenage daughter of a powerful Washington,D.C. judge,is dead,her body discovered in a slum in the shadow of the capitol.Though the police promptly arrest three local black kids,newspaper reporter Sully Carter suspects there’s more to the case.Reese’s slaying might be related to a string of cold cases the police barely investigated,among them the recent disappearance of a gorgeous university student.

A journalist brought home from war-torn Bosnia and hobbled by loss,rage,and alcohol,Sully encounters a city rife with its own brand of treachery and intrigue.Weaving through D.C.’s broad evenues and shady backstrets on his Ducati 916 motorcycle,Sully comes to know not just the city’s pristine monuments of power but the blighted neibourshoods beyond the reath of the Metro.With the city clamoring for a conviction,Sully persues the truth about the murders-all against pressure from government official,police brass,suspicious locals,and even his own bosses at the paper.A wry,street-smart hero with a serious problem,Sully delves into a deeply layered mystery,revealing vivid portraits of the corridors of power to D.C.’s seedy underbelly,where violence and corruption reign supreme and where Sully must confront the back-breaking line between what you think and what you know,and what you know and what you can print.

TITLE: THE WAYS OF THE DEAD

AUTHOR: NEELY TUCKER

Where’s Amnesty International when you need them? 40% of Palestinian Children Detained by Israel Are Sexually Abused

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40% of Palestinian Children Detained by Israel Are Sexually Abused; Virtually All Are Tortured

40% of Palestinian Children Detained by Israel Are Sexually Abused; Virtually All Are Tortured 

According to a new report by the independent, non-governmental, human rights organization the Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC), at least 600 Palestinian children have been arrested in Jerusalem alone in the past five months. Of these, roughly 40% were sexually abused.

PPC attorney Mufeed al-Haj notes that this horrific, grotesque abuse is not the only crime of which the Israeli military is guilty. Israeli Occupation Forces are not supposed to engage in night and predawn raids, but they regularly conduct them.

Israeli law says that minors undergoing investigation are supposed to be accompanied by their guardians, yet Israel virtually never allows this. As should be the case with any “democracy,” authorities are also legally “required” to have warrants for the arrest of Palestinians…

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A TWISTING TRAIL OF DECEIT

Once a high-flying international lawyer,a member of the innermost circle of government power,Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok,where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.Or is he? Asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances.A former law partner, Shepherd thought dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank and coerces Shepherd into helping him track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared in the collapse.A twisting trail of deceit leads Shepherd from Bangkok to Hong Kong and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled Island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.A lawyer among people who laugh at the law,a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrows fugitives.Jake Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption,extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.

TITLE: LAUNDRY MAN

AUTHOR: JAKE NEEDHAM

A SINGLE BULLET EMERGES ASTROY OF LOVE,MURDER,SUICIDE

Detective Shane Scully responds to a call in the Hollywood hills at a once immaculate mansion,the scene of an infamous murder twenty-five years prior.He discovers the remnants of a lavish pool party.The revelers have fled,leaving three dead bodies in their wake,all shot with the same gun.One is an acclaimed film producer.The other two,a pair of gorgeous women.With his new partner,Summer “Hitch” Hitchens,Scully begins to investigate what looks to be an open and shut case: The women were hired prostitutes, and there’s security video of an angry husband firing all three.A simple caes of brutal revenge.But nothing is ever simple as it seems:There’s a single spent bullet casing that doesn’t match the rest.

From that single bullet emerges astroy of love,murder,suicide,and one of the biggest financial frauds in L.A.history.Someone has gone to great lengths to cover up a decades old crime,and as Scully and Hitch get closer to the answer,they find themselves in a killers crosshairs.

TITLE: THE PROSTITUTE’S BALL

AUTHOR: STEPHEN J. CANNELL