Sunday, October 14, 2012

Oct. 14 - Oct. 20, 2012 Discussions

I haven't seen any 11th anniversary articles about the anthrax attacks of 2001.  And I'm not seeing any news about the Syracuse hoax letters.  So, the entire Sunday comment on my web site was about my new book.  Here's what I expect the cover art will look like:

It's a book unlike any other about a crime unlike any other.

It tells the story of the case, how Ivins committed the crime, how the media and conspiracy theorists misled the public about the case, and how the FBI eventually figured out who did it.

I keep wondering what people who aren't really familiar with the case will say if the read the book.  Will they be stunned by all the mistakes made by nearly everyone involved?   Will they be amazed by what a messy process it was to find the killer?  Will they be surprised by all the important details they knew nothing about?

What will FBI investigators and DOJ prosecutors think of it?  The book explains a lot more than they did about how Ivins went about committing the crime.  The book fills in a lot of blanks. 

What will journalists think about it?  The book doesn't paint a very nice picture of their profession.  The anthrax attacks of 2001 resulted in some of the worst examples of media reporting in modern times. 

What will scientists think about it?  There are many examples in the book of scientists with mistaken beliefs arguing against scientists with solid facts

What will friends and co-workers of Bruce Ivins think of it?

Time will tell.

I expect to be receiving five "proof" copies on Wednesday.  I'll then send out the "proofs" to people who will go through the book looking for typos and minor problems in grammar, etc.  When I have their feedback, I'll make the changes and tell the printing company (Create Space) to go ahead and release it.  They'll make it available for sale on and it can be ordered via bookstores.  I expect it to be available in November.



  1. I LOVE that title. Snappy and memorable. Way to go!

  2. Richard,

    Thanks. I like it, too. I couldn't come up with anything else that was even remotely as good. Plus, it allows me to market the book as "A book unlike any other about a crime unlike any other."

    I'm looking to set November 19 as the "publication date."