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A career prosecutor suddenly finds himself thrust into the world of dirty politics when his boss resigns to accept a judgeship. He readily finds that the ruling political machine has created a system where any opposition finds itself either in prison or forever disgraced. He must shortly choose between the ethics which have guided his career thus far and actions which would ensure his survival. Certain he is doomed, State's Attorney Edward A. Cranford nonetheless tries to do what is right, encountering both the vengeance and greed that could at any moment destroy him and allies who, like him, refuse to give in. An authentic tale of justice and politics in modern America written by a 25-year veteran of prosecution, THE SLENDER REED brings to life the struggle between those determined to wield unquestioned power, and those whose faith in the system demands they be stopped.
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JOHN W. CASSELL grew up on the East Coast. In 1964 he was a disc jockey on an Atlantic City radio station. He became a floor correspondent at the Democrat National Convention working for a consortium of Pennsylvania and New Jersey radio stations.
At age 17 he left home, traveled to New Mexico and enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After graduation, he worked at a factory in New Jersey, saving like a miser and in August of 1969 left for a hitch hiking-youth hostel-bike riding tour of Europe and ultimately North Africa. He was arrested in an African garrison city and subjected to torture though ultimately released.
He kept journals during this time and in 1976 upon discharge from military service wrote SOLDIER OF AQUARIUS, initally publishing the first half as the autobiography CROSSROADS: 1969, later adding the 1970 segment as AN AQUARIAN TRAGEDY.
Cassell ultimately published 10 books, all of which combined autobiographical detail at varying degrees within an action-adventure novelesque format. Military injuries ultimately compelled his retirement after serving with the New Mexico State Police and several district attorney offices in that state. He also served for 11 years as a Territorial prosecutor on the remote Pacific island of Tutuila.
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Book Description Inkwater Press, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1592997392