A Secret To Die For
Personal Violation (Scott Winslow Mysteries, Book 2)
Attorney Scott Winslow, and CIA Agent turned investigator, Lee Henry, of “The Whistleblower Onslaught,” are back with another extraordinary case.
“Personal Violation,” is a fictional account of a real world horror. A company CEO sexually harasses a female executive, and then rapes her on a business trip. The female executive, Sarah Willis, is profoundly affected, and faces the psychological impact of this violent attack in every aspect of her life. She must decide whether she will bring a case against the perpetrator. When she does, she is fired, allegedly for poor performance. Then comes claims that Sarah made up the rape to keep an affair secret from her husband.
Attorney Scott Winslow takes on Sarah’s representation, and investigator Lee Henry employs his CIA background, and his unorthodox practices, to chase evidence to help Scott prosecute the case, and discovers something else along the way. This story is fictional, but depicts a frequent reality. It portrays the substantial injury caused by rape, as well as what a woman who makes a stand confronts in seeking justice. The story also provides insights into the legal system as the case makes its way to trial.
Scott Winslow goes all in on the case, and Lee Henry looks behind opaque curtains to search for evidence, in keeping with Lee’s way of getting where no one is permitted to go—Just don’t ask how he does it. As fans of David P. Warren books know, you can expect twists and turns along the way.
As an attorney, David P. Warren represented many victims of harassment and sexual assault, and has seen the impact on the victims, how easily the perpetrators seek to dismiss the conduct by denials and allegations of consent, and how companies are forced to try to shield them for liability purposes. With the “Me Too,” and “Time’s Up,” movements out there, our culture is beginning to gain an awareness of what has taken place for many years, yet sexual harassment and sexual attacks remain pervasive. Some studies show that over eighty percent of women have been, or will be, subjected to sexual harassment. One in five women will be raped, and one in three the subject of some form of sexual violence! According to some studies, more than half of rapes and sexual attacks go unreported, often for fear that the victim will not be believed or will be victimized all over again by virtue of reporting. Lifelong damage is done to the victim and the message to the perpetrator may be that he can act without challenge.
“Personal Violation” is an enthralling story driven by believable and compelling characters. You won’t want to put it down!
Regular people going about their usual lives and business. On a busy day, on the streets of Los Angeles, the lives of the randomly chosen will change forever. All of them are fated to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. All of them will become hostages in one of the most remarkable bank robberies of all time.
Two disguised men calling themselves Mr. Abbott and Mr. Costello and speaking only in electronically altered voices take the bank, and the hostages, in broad daylight. Three police agencies and a SWAT Team surround the building and the media films the bank from all visible angles. Everyone is locked in place and everyone is watching.
A police negotiator arrives on the scene and engages Mr. Abbott, seeking to assure the safety of the hostages and the non-violent surrender of the perpetrators. The police command considers all possible moves and the negotiator takes center stage. After several communications, the hostages slowly walk from the bank and are greeted by the waiting police and paramedics. As the hostages are interviewed by the police, the building is cleared room by room. No one remains inside. With hundreds of eyes on the building throughout the crisis, both the hostages and almost seven hundred thousand dollars have disappeared---it doesn’t seem possible. The perpetrators and the money are simply gone.
The robbery and the media attention exposes secrets that forever change the lives of some of the hostages. The personal trauma for some of them has just begun, as the ripple effects of the robbery and the national media attention it brings turns their worlds upside down and threatens their future lives. LAPD Detectives Stacey Gray and Jeff Butler begin an incredible journey to discover what happened; how the perpetrators and the money just disappeared leaving no forensic evidence. Who are they? Where are they? Where is the money? And the tenacious detectives will not give up—no matter what.
The Whistleblower Onslaught (Scott Winslow Mysteries, Book 1)
When experienced employment attorney Scott Winslow takes on a whistleblower case for a fired energy company executive, actions are set in motion that will change lives forever. As he pursues the lawsuit, he discovers government records have been changed to hide corporate liability in the wake of a mine explosion. He then discovers that the records keeper was blackmailed by a covert entity hired to protect the company. And something else--there is someone out there who wants the case dismissed at all costs; enough to threaten, bribe and even kidnap Scott’s two young children.
The story of Lynn Kelly, whose dreams upon discovery of a million dollars in cash soon become nightmares, as she is relentlessly pursued for the money and something else—something she doesn’t even know that she has. When Lynn discovers what she has stumbled upon, she soon learns that there is no way back and nowhere to turn. Neither her unidentified pursuers, not the police, can allow her to publicly reveal what she has discovered. As Lynn attempts to run, people around her are used as pawns in a game with no limits. Lynn’s pursuers will stop at nothing to recover the money and the object.
Successful attorney and newly elected California Congressman Brian Madsen has a ten year marriage to his beautiful wife and seems to have it all and has done everything right—until now. At his inaugural celebration, a congratulatory kiss from a campaign staffer becomes passionate lovemaking in an upstairs bathroom. The guilt he is awaiting never finds him—but obsession does. Brian becomes involved in an embroiling affair and his fate is sealed. A fate that will lead to blackmail, murder and mortal danger to anyone Brian turns to for assistance, until there is nowhere left to turn.