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The New York Times Best Seller

"A gripping journalistic procedural.... Spotlight meets Erin Brockovich." (Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times)

“Julie K. Brown's important book offers not just a definitive account of the Epstein case, but a compelling window into her own experiences as a dogged reporter at a regional newspaper, facing off against powerful interests set against her reporting.” (Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Catch and Kill)

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 skepticism that she could add a new dimension to a known story, Brown determined that her goal would be to track down the victims themselves. Poring over thousands of redacted court documents, traveling 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. The financier's mysterious suicide in a New York City jail cell prompted wild speculation about the secrets he took to the grave - and whether his death was intentional or the result of foul play.

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

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Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Outstanding in-depth read which everyone needs to read to understand the abuse of power amongst the elitist.HUGE Thanks to Julie K Brown. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Nothing new

The book was a rehash of everything I’d read in the media, and unfortunately, devoted large chunks to the author herself and also her unsubstantiated claims of being followed. To some, this may add drama to the storytelling, but concrete proof was sorely lacking. Very disappointing book.

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Well done!

I first followed Julie Brown’s work in the Miami Herald and this book really fills in the details that I wanted to know after her excellent series in the paper. Moreover, the struggles regarding doing the work of an investigative journalist in a gendered, austerity driven, precarious employment market was enlightening and appreciated. I do hope that this book brings the financial security that Ms. Brown earned -a long time ago!

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Excellent Investigative Reporter-Great Book

I rarely write reviews for Audible, even though I have been a member for many years and have thoroughly enjoyed many, many books. I am writing this review as a counter balance to the negative reviews on this site.
I suspect some funny business is afoot (powerful people would rather you not read this book) given the fact that this is an interesting, informative, well written account with previously unreported details of this extremely complicated case.
I have read many of the books/articles written about the Epstein case and found this book to be a unique perspective with plenty of new information.
I could not put it down!

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Just the facts ma’am

While this is an interesting story I didn’t rate it very high for the simple fact that politics made it less credible. Americans was facts for an investigative report. The political bias would be better served in a podcast discussion.

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A Boring Memoir Masquerading as a Book on Epstein

What a strange book. Not because it’s a book about Jeffrey Epstein. But because it’s not. It’s like opposite of a Nabokov book. Instead of a memoir masquerading as a story of a sexual deviant, it’s a supposed story of a pedophile that is really a journalist’s rather dull memoir. Granted, I do think the story of reporting a story can be interesting. But this is a whole different animal. Personal anecdotal and stories are randomly weaved through the story without any relevance to the Epstein’s story. Hearing about her lame boy friend, her seemingly endless money problems, her children’s panic attacks, how she saved money on an Airbnb because it was near the railroad tracks, and all the dirty laundry of the Miami Herald was so distracting that I think the true reporting was obscured at best and lost at worst. What a lost opportunity to tell such a compelling and disturbing story.

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Julie K Brown autobiography?

We bought this for a story on Jeffery Epstein and what we got was a Julie K Brown autobiography with a little bit about Epstein. This book needs editing!!!

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disgusting. glad I didn't pay actual money

this book is like 50 shades of grey but with underage girls and a pile of shit human being. glad he was murdered in jail. don't read this unless you are into underage women being graphically assaulted. this isn't literature it's smut for creepy old men and the author whom seemed to thoroughly enjoy diving deep into the graphic details of these victims interactions with their predator.

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Fascinating and sadly unsurprising

Very interesting I'm glad I listened to this book. So many people skated free. Follow the money.
A little bit heavy on the detail for me. I listened at 1.8 speed. I think the author shines as a writer, Ms. Whelan an excellent narrator.

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Awful, self-indulgent journalistic memoir

This book is more about the author’s own ego and her experiences in journalism than it is, as the title would suggest, a thorough and focused examination of the events surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s horrific crimes. If you have already read Brown’s series on Epstein in the Miami Herald, there is little more to be found here, other than the nicknames of Brown’s boyfriends and all their flaws, her love of Bruce Springsteen, her petty squabbles with people in her own newsroom as well as other outlets like the New York Times, etc. On and on Brown squawks, occasionally redirecting herself, almost by accident, back to her excellent reporting on Epstein. Even the world’s greatest audiobook narrator, Julie Whelan, could not save the egomaniacal, navel-gazing exercise that is “Perversion of Justice.” You’ll get more out of simply watching the Netflix documentary on Epstein.

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