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Case Closed Paperback – May 18, 2009

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About the Author

Lewis M. Weinstein began writing novels when he was 55 years of age, finally taking the advice of his high school English teacher, who said he should write. This updated edition of Case Closed follows his passion for seeing the truth come out in the FBI’s handling of the Amerithrax Case. The first edition was published in 2009. His other books have included The Pope’s Conspiracy, The Heretic, and A Good Conviction. He is currently working on a novel to be set in 2oth century Germany and Poland. After graduating from Princeton and the Harvard Business School, Lew enjoyed a long management career in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including his last position as CEO of a biomedical research institute focused on infectious disease research. In 1980, he was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from New Jersey. Lew is married and lives with his wife in Key West, Florida. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WingSpan Press (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595943188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595943187
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,018,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read Case Closed in serial form, securing installments from the author's website. The novel is written as a fast-paced thriller and I was always eager to receive the next installment. I was also grateful that the end of a section forced me to put the book down and go to sleep - otherwise I'd have been up all night. The writing is sparce, driven by a plausible plot that allows the reader to think through the crime/mystery along with the protagonist. Despite the troubling reality of the subject matter, it is a thoroughly enjoyable and illuminating read.

The writer acknowledges that the novel is fiction, but provides sufficient factual context to sustain his theory on how this dramatic historical footnote could have played out as it did. The only easy answers to the questions raised in Case Closed are that the investigation was pursued without regard to basic investigative protocol and that this had to have been intentional. Even if you do not believe that the Bush Administration repeatedly allowed politics and manipulation of public sentiment to trump fact and law, you will have to acknowlege that the sheer scale of the protocol violations in the Anthrax investigation suggest political motives.

Responsible Americans who believe in holding our government accountable for its actions should read Case Closed to be more informed of the facts of the case, regardless of whether they come to agree with the author's theory. More investigation is needed.

I strongly recommend the book.
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This is not just a good book, but an important one.

In the forward, author Lew Weinstien admits that he bacame obsessed with the FBI's stunningly abrupt conclusion to the nearly 7 year old Anthrax investigation in 2008 wherein the alleged perpetrator Bruce Ivins was posthumously tried in the court of public opinion by the FBI and found guilty. Weinstein knew there were demons embedded in this story, and they haunted him. For weeks he could not rest until he'd put pen to paper in a cathartic purge. This novel is the result.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I'll admit, that I had much the same reaction to the FBI announcement that spring. So moved was I that I did my own research and concluded beyond any reasonable doubt that Bruce Ivins was murdered by powerful forces that had strong political motives. Author Weinstein does a terriffic job telling this fictionalized account of an inter agency post-mortem investigation of the (real) failed FBI investigation. Yes, make no mistake this is fiction, and the names have been changed to prevent law suits, but the conclusion the author reaches is exactly the one I reached last year after exhaustive research. Ivins, it turns out, is just the tip of a very menacing real-world iceberg.
Any American who came to mistrust the ambitions of the previous administration, and feared that our constitution was being undermined by overzelous ideological politicians who had a cosy relationship with "the dark side" will find this book intellectually stimulating, and perhaps even vindicating, as I did. I reccomend you buy it, read it, and pass it on to someone who will benefit from a deeper understanding of the dangers posed by authoritarian politicians, who are, even as I write this, champing at the bit for their chance to regain power. It's that important.
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In 2008 a recently deceased scientist was declared the sole perpetrator of the 2001 anthrax attacks. It was a convenient way to shut down an investigation that was extensive as it was shallow. Author Lew Weinstein has written a speculation of what could have been going on behind the scenes following the announcement.

Being fictional, the alleged culprit is no longer Dr. Ivins, but Dr. Ingram and there are corporate fingerprints of Hillboro and not Halliburton, but the real life elements in question are there. There are plausible answers to some big questions: Why was the “Ames strain” of anthrax (prime evidence) destroyed at the investigation’s start? What of the $2.5 million settlement to the first suspect? Why was the Bin Laden family so smoothly evacuated from the US after 9/11? Most important is the plausible answer to why such an extensive investigation over 7 years resulted in an acting alone scientist who “committed” suicide several days before the “Case Closed” announcement.

The book does not show the haste in its creation that the author describes in the Forward. The story evolves a good pace. It relies heavily on dialog making it an easy conversion to a film, which I would like to see.

Apparently a new edition is in the works. If so, I would recommend a list of characters. A lot of names come at you quickly.
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Case Closed provides a solid background of the 2001 anthrax case which could not have been attained through the news media. It was concise and informative and offered credibility to the events which in my opinion could have very likely occurred. A well-known scientist accused of this hideous crime seven years after his death when the case is still unsolved and no other person brought forward, is a crime in itself.
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Conspiracy theory fan? This book's for you.
George W. Bush hater? This book's for you.

While the politics are pretty clear as to what administration was to blame for the anthrax cover-up, that is because of the incidents taking place during Bush's administration. Those on the left side of the political spectrum will love the way Bush's administration is portrayed as the guilty party here. They'll just eat that up. Those on the right side of the spectrum, if we are to read the book and not write it off as a bash job of the Bush administration, will have to forget the time markers and just read it as a conspiracy novel.

While I usually try to not pay a lot of attention to an author's political agenda when I read a novel, this one was very hard to not do so. Major administration players of that era are very thinly disguised. The president is the nephew of a former president instead of son. The Vice President is also a former Secretary of Defense (Cheney served as both) and his Chief of Staff is his hatchet man (Scooter Libby). The former uncooperative Secretary of Defense would be Rumsfeld. There is even a reference, near the end, to Craig Unger's work, House of Bush, House of Saud.

Pretty faced paced book, but then it has to be as it is very short

Also for a book that centers around the DIA, and the investigation being headed up by an army general, the author should have made use of military, 24 hour clock with meetings beginning at 0600 as opposed to 6am. Minor point, but details are the difference between good writing and very good writing.
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