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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: #4,451,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I became an author during the latter part of a long career in management, finally taking my high school English teacher's advice that I should write. My first novel was published when I was 60. Since I retired and became a full-time author in 2005, three more novels have been published.

GOODREADS & FACEBOOK ... I am an active participant on Goodreads and Facebook, and I welcome your friendship on either or both.

PUBLISHED NOVELS ... The Heretic (2000); A Good Conviction (2007); Case Closed (2009); The Pope's Conspiracy (2012)

SPANISH EDITION ... The Heretic was published in Spanish (2012) under the title "Hereje."

CURRENT PROJECT ... I'm working on a novel set in 20th century Germany and Poland.

EDUCATION ... Princeton University (BSE) and Harvard Business School (MBA)

MANAGEMENT CAREER ... from 1991-2005, I was the CEO of The Public Health Research Institute, a biomedical research organization focused on infectious diseases; previously President of Kinney System, the nationwide parking company; Township Manager of Cherry Hill, NJ; and a candidate for U.S. Congress (1980).

PERSONAL ... I'm married; my wife and I live in Key West in the winter and Collioure, France in the summer. We travel extensively (see our travel blog at Between us, we have 6 children and 7 grandchildren.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RealityCheck68 on May 26, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 15, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn M. Shirk on June 6, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rawy Shediac on May 26, 2009
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I was privileged to have the opportunity to read this book "pre-publication". It was delivered to me in segment and it was torture. After each segment, I hounded the author for the next one. When you realize that the book is based on real facts, it makes it that much more exciting. At times it seems unreal that we actually lived through these times. It makes it really close to home. The whole Anthrax episode is unquestionably a dark moment in American history. But what makes it fascinating is how it was handled (or should I say mishandled) by the administration and the various agency involved. The books is a must read for anyone who wandered "what really happened? Who did it? and why?" and finally, why didn't they tell us the truth. Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bernie Dishler on May 26, 2009
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The author states loud and clear that this book is fiction. But, anyone who has witnessed the last eight years of American history sees great similarities in the underhanded way the last Administration dealt with issues and the way this "fictional" Administration worked. I never have given much credence to conspiracy theories but the investigation of the Anthrax attacks makes one stop and really think about it. Weinstein raises some very interesting and disturbing theories. If it was not meant to make one think about the real situation, the book would still be a great read. It is suspenceful and a real page turner. Please tell me its not true!
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