New Murder Mystery Muckrakes Wall Street Crooks

Wall Street’s woes result from corruption, the selling of junk mortgage-backed securities, and a little funding of terrorists as Detective Lou Martelli quickly discovers when one of Wall Street’s own is assassinated in Ted Cohen’s new novel.
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Oct. 24, 2011 - PRLog -- Fans of Theodore Jerome Cohen’s mystery “Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls” will be thrilled to know that NYPD Detective Lou Martelli is back chasing more crooks in the financial sector, this time in Cohen’s new mystery novel “House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” ( ISBN 978-1-4327-7980-1, Outskirts Press, 2011).

When the head of one of the largest investment banking and securities firm in the U.S. is assassinated on Times Square in the middle of New York City’s annual Festival of the Dead, Homicide Detective Louis Martelli begins an investigation that not only will lead to death and intrigue, but also reveal shocking connections between Wall Street and international terrorism.

Martelli and NYPD Information Specialist Missy Dugan soon find themselves attempting to investigate a murder that the FBI wants to shut down even before they can get started. The FBI’s attempted cover-up is just the start. By the end of “House of Cards,” more crimes will be revealed than even the most cynical person could imagine. Based on legitimate evidence surrounding the 2008 financial meltdown, “House of Cards” explores how major banks and hedge funds created and sold junk mortgage-backed securities to unsuspecting customers while at the same time, they protected their risks by purchasing a sophisticated form of financial insurance. As if such corruption were not enough, Detective Martelli even discovers a plot by two institutions to fund Islamic terrorism.

More than just a mystery writer, Cohen reveals the depth of financial corruption on Wall Street. He has the ability to take complicated financial and investment scenarios and real-life tales of corruption, and to transform them into gripping, only semi-fictional stories that will stun the reader while they educate. With subjects worthy of Dickens, and revelations to make Upton Sinclair proud, Cohen may well be the muckraker novelist of the twenty first century.  

In a recent interview, Cohen commented about “House of Cards:” “This novel is as current as tomorrow’s newspaper.” Marty Shaw of Reader Views agrees: “Martelli is probably one of my all-time favorite crime-fiction heroes….If you enjoy the ‘ripped-from-the-headline’ stories of shows like Law & Order, then you should definitely take a ride with Lou Martelli and Missy Dugan. They’ll keep you educated, informed, and entertained all at the same time.” And fans who can’t get enough of Cohen’s novelistic reporting need not despair because Cohen states, “Given what I know about Wall Street and how corrupt it is, there’s more than enough ‘fuel’ to write a thousand novels.”

About the Author
Theodore J. Cohen, Ph.D., holds three degrees in the physical sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been an engineer and scientist for more than forty years. He has been an investor for more than fifty years, and most recently, has focused on investigating and reporting on corruption in U.S. financial institutions and agencies of the U.S. government through his novels, “Death by Wall Street: Rampage of the Bulls” about corruption within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the incompetence of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and his newest book “House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales” about a murder that uncovers some of Wall Street’s darkest secrets, including a plot by two institutions to fund Islamic terrorism. Other novels by Cohen include “Full Circle: A Dream Denied, A Vision Fulfilled,” about his life as a violinist, and his Antarctic Murders Trilogy (“Frozen in Time,” “Unfinished Business,” and “End Game”) based on his own Antarctic expedition experiences.

“House of Cards: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (ISBN 978-1-4327-7980-1, Outskirts Press, 2011) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.

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