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“Solomon's riveting account of what probably happened--and didn't happen--in that fancy hotel room will change your mind. He presents the case the DA declined to present. Read it and decide for yourself whether the prosecution of DSK should have been dropped.” ―Alan M. Dershowitz

“This is a fascinating examination of the roles of politics, race, class, social status, and egos in one of the decade's most sensational criminal cases.” ―Booklist (starred review)

“Exciting.” ―Le Figaro

“Investigative journalist John Solomon has provided the best explanation yet for what is going on in this tightly written and altogether credible account of what happens when an ordinary sex scandal involving a prominent man turns into a dark story where scary questions still lurk.” ―The Washington Times

About the Author

John Solomon is one of America's premier investigative journalists, whose award-winning stories over the last quarter-century have exposed scandals ranging from the use of foster children in AIDS drug experiments to what the Bush administration knew about terror threats in the days before September 11, 2001. His exposés have appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, The New York Times, on 60 Minutes, and in the Associated Press and countless other publications and news shows across the globe. A former executive editor of The Washington Times and director of news at Newsweek, Solomon currently runs the Washington Guardian investigative newspaper in the nation's capital and lives in Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250012635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250012630
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on July 4, 2012
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It's a privilege to post the first review for this book. 'DSK' is the book I've been waiting for...the almost-definitive account that strives to make sense of the crazed, heated eight-week period between first drop of the shocking news about Dominique Strauss-Kahn's sexual encounter at the Sofitel in NYC and the subsequent decision by the Manhattan District Attorney's office not to present the case. Newsweek reporter John Solomon sets out to "slow down one of the most rushed legal dramas of the last decade and...explore the behaviors, motives and suppositions that weren't visible to the public." It's a tremendous piece of journalism. It represents everything that is great about the profession.

I said it was the "almost-definitive" account of the case. That's not a knock against Solomon. Instead, it's a way of noting that - in a book entitled 'DSK' - the only thing missing is DSK. He is present on almost every page in this book and, at the same time, not present. He's never spoken about case, not while in custody, not in court, not through any public forum and not to the author. The book's 'DSK' title refers not to the man but rather to "L'affaire DSK" - the incident in the hotel room with Nafi Diallo, Diallo's story, DSK's 'flight' (or so-called flight) and arrest, his all-important first hours in custody, the prosecution's case, the prosecution's growing uneasiness with (and hostility towards) Diallo, Diallo's lawyers' (mostly the voluble but wily Ken Thompson) attempts to counter those sentiments (often publicly), a great summary of DSK's "multiple-choice defense," Solomon's own pivotal role in the case (he scored the key interview with Diallo when Thompson crafted his go-public counter-strategy) and much, much more.
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I expected better. I expected just a little bit more. There seems to be 4 sides to this story: the victim's, the suspect's, the prosecutor's and the cop's. Mr. Solomon did a great job letting us know the victim's side of the story, as well as that of her lawyers, even though her side had been well played out and revealed in the media already. Still, he offered great insights. The suspect's side was similarly well known to courtroom watchers. The dynamic between all of the lawyers - the victim's, DSK's and the DA - added a critical dimension to the book. Mr. Solomon quenched my thirst for the prosecutor's side but relied too much on their well worn statements regarding the case's dismissal.

What was missing was an explanation of what the cops did and why. Mr. Solomon seemed to skip over the NYPD's involvement other than to criticize them without investigating or explaining what they did and why. We still don't know. We do know that Mr. Solomon continued to confuse the NYPD detectives with the DA's own investigators and erroneously claimed things like the NYPD had placed the victim in protective custody in a `safe house' (they did not; it was the DA's office which likely meant that police involvement had been reduced). We also know that the NYPD kept a very low profile after the arrest, which is unusual for them. Mr. Solomon simply did not address the NYPD at all in a book that names names and is quick to offer a quote or insight in support of his position.

While the book name-drops, there is no mention of the two key police players other than a quick screen shot at the beginning of the book that had DSK telling one of them that his attorney told him not to talk and that he is not hungry. That's it. Mr.
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