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Dauntless journalist Julie K. Brown recounts her uncompromising and risky investigation of Jeffrey Epstein's underage sex-trafficking operation and the explosive reporting for the Miami Herald that finally brought him to justice while exposing the powerful people and broken system that protected him. 

For many years, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's penchant for teenage girls was an open secret in the high society of Palm Beach, Florida, and Upper East Side, Manhattan. Charged in 2008 with soliciting prostitution from minors, Epstein was treated with unheard of leniency, dictating the terms of his non-prosecution. The media virtually ignored the failures of the criminal justice system, and Epstein's friends and business partners brushed the allegations aside. But when in 2017 the US attorney who approved Epstein's plea deal, Alexander Acosta, was chosen by President Trump as Labor Secretary, reporter Julie K. Brown was compelled to ask questions.

Despite her editor's scepticism that she could add a new dimension to a known story, Brown determined that her goal would be to track down the victims themselves. Pouring over thousands of redacted court documents, travelling across the country and chasing down information in difficulty and sometimes dangerous circumstances, Brown tracked down dozens of Epstein's victims, now young women struggling to reclaim their lives after the trauma and shame they had endured. 

Brown's resulting three-part series in the Miami Herald was one of the most explosive news stories of the decade, revealing how Epstein ran a global sex-trafficking pyramid scheme with impunity for years, targeting vulnerable teens, often from fractured homes and then turning them into recruiters. The outrage led to Epstein's arrest, the disappearance and eventual arrest of his closest accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell and the resignation of Acosta. 

Tracking Epstein’s evolution from a college dropout to one of the most successful financiers in the country - whose associates included Donald Trump, Prince Andrew and Bill Clinton - Perversion of Justice builds on Brown's original award-winning series, showing the power of truth, the value of local reportage and the tenacity of one woman in the face of the deep-seated corruption of powerful men.

©2021 Julie K. Brown (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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  • Micah J. Hall
  • 20-08-2021

The true story by the journalist who uncovered it

Julie Brown writes a compelling account of an incredible piece of investigative journalism which literally brought the story back from the dead.
Her dedication to this story and her courage brought down a network of incredible power which silenced journalists and prosecutors.
This book is brilliantly written and the narration by Julia Whelan is also superb.
This, and Death in Mudlick showcase the incredible talent among local journalists who can get stories no one else can get.

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  • 23-08-2021

Indeed a Perversion of Justice

Excellent book. Beautifully narrated. Nothing gratuitous. Respectful to Epstein’s and Maxwell’s ( and all others) survivors. The level of greed, corruption and craven exploitation is shameful. I hope and hope that the digging continues.

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  • 19-08-2021

Excellent Piece of Journalism

excellent piece of Journalism & highly recommend. best account of the ecosystem that supported Epstein

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  • B Cronin
  • 11-08-2021

A sad, sick story brilliantly investigated

One of the best audible purchases I've made. Well done to Julie K Brown. A story that simultaneously takes away and restores your faith in humanity. What it says about US democracy and the rule of law and how the rules apply or don't apply to the very rich is very concerning. Highly recommended.

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  • 09-08-2021

It is like a John Grisham thriller,...

...but sadly non fiction. Hats off to tireless journalists in these hard times we need them to uncover truths.

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  • 03-08-2021

Investigative Journalism At Its Best

An exceptional, brilliant, dogged piece of investigative journalism.
Always being mindful of the victims.

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  • Chris Gaunt
  • 03-08-2021

Fantastic detail about the Epstein case.

Julie K. Brown has put an incredible amount of work into investigating this story, facing many obstacles in doing so.
Well worth listening to if this interests you.

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