A prosecutor goes after the truth about JFK’s assassination in a New York Times–bestselling author’s “most enthralling legal thriller to date” (Vincent Bugliosi).
In a forgotten corner of the Georgetown library, New York prosecutor Butch Karp is about to commit a felony. He cracks the seal on a government file, in which he finds papers, a ledger, a reel of film, and a small jar that holds a chunk of human flesh. Just by looking at this material, he has broken the law. It’s the evidence he needs to prove the true identity of the man who killed Kennedy, and now that he has it, Karp is the most dangerous man in America.
Brought to Washington to assist in the Congressional investigation into Kennedy’s death, Karp was expected to toe the line. As his personal inquiries lead him into a web that stretches from the capos of the mafia to the halls of the Kremlin, this hard-driving attorney realizes the conspiracy that killed Kennedy is still alive—and out for blood.
As deputy chief counsel to the 1976 House Select Committee on Assassinations, Robert K. Tanenbaum has an insider’s understanding of one of the darkest days in American history. Corruption of Blood is a novel inspired by real events by an author who “knows his criminal procedure cold” (Publishers Weekly). This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert K. Tanenbaum including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Tanenbaum's experience as chief counsel to the 1976 House Select Committee on the JFK assassination lends credibility to this involving new entry in his 1970s-set series featuring Manhattan A.D.A. Butch Karp (Material Witness). Like his creator, Karp is offered the position as the committee's chief investigator, taking along several series regulars to help him out. In D.C., Karp finds the reality of power politics nearly paralyzing, but he and his staff still manage to plough through the usual assassination suspects-the mob, Communists, anti-Castro Cubans, the CIA-rehashing the Zapruder film and other forensic evidence, making mincemeat of the Warren Commission report and connecting Oswald with more powerful forces leading to Capitol Hill. But try as they might, Karp's team can't keep up with the hit man who has been loosed to kill off key witnesses to the assassination. Meanwhile, Karp's wife and former colleague, Marlene, shattered by an attempted rape, broods at home until she hires on to research family archives for her husband's chief protector in the Senate. Marlene's digging winds up overlapping Karp's, even as the hit man sets sights on the unrelenting chief investigator and his family. In an author's note, Tanenbaum writes, ``what you are about to read is, merely and entirely, a work of fiction, based on a real event. Like the Warren Report....'' This isn't the first series novel to tackle the JFK killing. William Harrington's 1993 Columbo: The Grassy Knoll did the same; but, both convincing and exciting, Tanenbaum's is now the one to beat.