I don't know if I can truthfully refer to J. David Bethel as a Louisiana author, but he did attend Tulane University in New Orleans. So...on my blog, that makes him a Louisiana author! Today - by way of Miami, I would like to introduce you to another Louisiana author, J. David Bethel.
The wife of popular Florida Congressman (and prospective Senatorial candidate) Clegg Caffery is murdered. FBI Special Agent Matt Thurston begins an investigation that leads him from the Pentagon to the small town of Clewiston, Florida in search of a photographer responsible for the photo found in the murdered woman's hand. He arrives too late. The man has committed suicide. Although Thurston uncovers a strange and suspicious story about the dead photographer that he believes is worthy of continued investigation, he is abruptly steered away from the case by his superiors.
Angered by this turn of events, Thurston enlists the assistance of two reporters. With their involvement, he begins to peel away layers of lies and deceit hiding the truth about the murder. Along the way, Thurston slowly unravels a complex weave of story lines that includes a sex for hire plot involving the President's wife; an attempt by computer magnate Norman Bremen to subvert the workings of Congress to ensure the survival of his sugar interests in Florida; and the revelation of a cover-up of a war crime in Vietnam that threatens the Presidency.
Although Evil Town is a work of fiction, it is based on historical and current events. The Vietnam element of the plot delves into the massacre of Vietnamese villagers at Co Luy. This occurred on the same day as the My Lai killings and happened as described in the novel. The military and political cover-up of the incident detailed in Evil Town is an interpretation of actual events that relegated Co Luy to the back pages of history.
The description of the political maneuvering related to the restoration of the Everglades, and to the "sugar wars" in Florida, is a dramatization of the intrigue currently being played out by power brokers, the media and Congress on this issue.
While it should come as no surprise that the drug war can be managed and waged for political purposes – a subplot in Evil Town – it is the subtleties of international politics that often allow this to happen. The novel provides insight on how this is possible.
Through it all, Matt Thurston and his allies match wits with the most powerful in Washington putting themselves in harm's way. Truth, honor and justice are slippery concepts in this story of politics and fragile human relationships.
John David Bethel
J. David Bethel is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He has been published in popular consumer magazines and respected political journals.
He also served as press secretary/speechwriter to members of the U.S. Congress. Bethel authored the speech delivered by Senator Paul Laxalt (R-Nevada) nominating then-Governor Ronald Reagan as the GOP candidate for President.
Mr. Bethel works as a media consultant for a number of prominent communications management firms, including Burson Marsteller and Gibraltar Associates. He writes speeches, opinion editorials and Congressional testimony for CEOs from the nation's largest corporations, including the Monsanto Corporation, Hilton Hotels Corporation, and Royal Caribbean Lines. His op-ed pieces have appeared in The Washington Post and other prominent newspapers around the country.
J. David Bethel graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Tulane University and lives in Miami, Florida.
Contributor, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN
Former Director of Legislation, U.S. Agency for International Development
Former Senior Legislative Liaison Officer, U.S. Department of State
W. Bruce Weinrod
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Former Legislative Director, Office of U.S. Senator John Heinz
Richard G. Moore
Former Enforcement Attorney, U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bethel is a master storyteller. Evil Town intelligently captures the "realities" of D.C. in a fast paced thriller that you won't be able to put down.
Former Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State
If you thought nothing new could be written about Washington, DC, Evil Town proves you wrong. Well-written with insight into the Capital City makes it hard to put down.
Former Associate Administrator, US General Services Administration
Former Director of Communications, US Department of Energy
David Bethel's "EVIL TOWN" is a page turner you will enjoy whether you are a Washington "insider" or just someone that enjoys a great story. His characters come to life as you wind through this story of intrigue, passion, betrayal and just
Jim Ross Lightfoot
MEMBER OF CONGRESS (ret)
1985 - 1997
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