A revelatory exploration of the long fight to bring a monstrous man to justice.



The lawyer who represented Jeffrey Epstein’s victims tells his riveting story.

In 2008, Courtney Wild approached Edwards about being sexually abused by Epstein. When Edwards agreed to seek damages on her behalf, that case became the trigger for an 11-year odyssey, ending with Epstein's death in federal custody. In graphic, sometimes nauseating detail, the author powerfully illuminates how Epstein used his wealth and connections to rape and traffic hundreds of girls, most of them teenagers. Edwards was able to document Epstein's illegal exploits going back to at least 1994, showing his use of payment and manipulation to coerce his victims. Law enforcement agencies received reports about Epstein's assaults as early as 1996, but no punishment occurred until 2008, when Epstein pled guilty to minor charges, served no meaningful jail time, and resumed his predatory behavior almost immediately. Edwards shares his outrage not only at the cop-out by Florida prosecutors, but also the federal prosecutors, who lied to Epstein's victims, lawyers, and even a judge about why they chose not to file harsher charges. Throughout the book, the author seeks to understand the suspicious roles played by the famous, powerful men within Epstein’s orbit. Did they hide his crimes? Did they also engage in rape? Though he doesn’t draw significant conclusions, the names include, among others, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Prince Andrew, and Alan Dershowitz. In numerous passages, Edwards explores his mix of personal fascination and revulsion. Among the many important elements of the story that the author effectively conveys are the vital role played by Julie Brown, investigative reporter at the Miami Herald, and the shocking retaliatory measures mounted by Epstein to frighten those he raped, their lawyers (including the author, against whom Epstein filed a lawsuit), and his own employees. Edwards is also to be commended for his time-consuming, costly efforts to get Epstein’s victims to go on the record.

A revelatory exploration of the long fight to bring a monstrous man to justice.

Pub Date: March 31, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9821-4813-3

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: March 31, 2020

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A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.


A former New York City dancer reflects on her zesty heyday in the 1970s.

Discovered on a Manhattan street in 2020 and introduced on Stanton’s Humans of New York Instagram page, Johnson, then 76, shares her dynamic history as a “fiercely independent” Black burlesque dancer who used the stage name Tanqueray and became a celebrated fixture in midtown adult theaters. “I was the only black girl making white girl money,” she boasts, telling a vibrant story about sex and struggle in a bygone era. Frank and unapologetic, Johnson vividly captures aspects of her former life as a stage seductress shimmying to blues tracks during 18-minute sets or sewing lingerie for plus-sized dancers. Though her work was far from the Broadway shows she dreamed about, it eventually became all about the nightly hustle to simply survive. Her anecdotes are humorous, heartfelt, and supremely captivating, recounted with the passion of a true survivor and the acerbic wit of a weathered, street-wise New Yorker. She shares stories of growing up in an abusive household in Albany in the 1940s, a teenage pregnancy, and prison time for robbery as nonchalantly as she recalls selling rhinestone G-strings to prostitutes to make them sparkle in the headlights of passing cars. Complemented by an array of revealing personal photographs, the narrative alternates between heartfelt nostalgia about the seedier side of Manhattan’s go-go scene and funny quips about her unconventional stage performances. Encounters with a variety of hardworking dancers, drag queens, and pimps, plus an account of the complexities of a first love with a drug-addled hustler, fill out the memoir with personality and candor. With a narrative assist from Stanton, the result is a consistently titillating and often moving story of human struggle as well as an insider glimpse into the days when Times Square was considered the Big Apple’s gloriously unpolished underbelly. The book also includes Yee’s lush watercolor illustrations.

A blissfully vicarious, heartfelt glimpse into the life of a Manhattan burlesque dancer.

Pub Date: July 12, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-250-27827-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: July 28, 2022

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.


The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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