The Weatherford Trial

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Words are the weapons of choice in a cloistered environment like academia, where material stakes are so low and reputation is the currency. Author John Janovy, Jr. has thrived in this setting and knows it well. He has published over a hundred scientific papers, eleven trade books by major publishers, and the leading textbook in his discipline (Foundations of Parasitology, McGraw-Hill, with L. S. Roberts and S. A. Nadler); he's also written the script for an internationally televised film based on his books about the western plains (Keith County Journal, 1985, Nebraska ETV, 16mm and video, 58min; 1986 Corp. Publ. Broadcasting, 1st place in local information programming category). His book subjects include natural history essays (Keith County Journal, St. Martin's; Vermilion Sea; Houghton Mifflin), high school athletics (Fields of Friendly Strife, Viking, winner of the American Health magazine book award for 1987), anti-intellectualism in America (Comes the Millennium, St. Martin's, as Jack Blake), and higher education (Teaching in Eden, RoutledgeFalmer). He is the winner of numerous prizes for both teaching and research, including the University of Nebraska's Distinguish Teaching Award, Nebraska Libraries Association Mari Sandoz Award, American Society of Parasitologists Clark P. Read Mentorship Award, and the University of Nebraska Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. Dr. Janovy has taught large introductory science courses throughout his career; that experience, along with his several administrative positions and service in international scientific organizations, gives him unique insight into the vicious conflicts that often permeate the Ivory Tower. He considers the Gideon Marshall Mystery Series to be in the genre of Literary Mystery.
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The Weatherford Trial

Authored by John Janovy Jr.

Dr. Charlie Weatherford, dashing young geology prof at Cavanaugh College in Iowa, is arrested for the murder of a colleague, Rebecca Stitcher, reputed to have solved the problem of making major earthquakes occur on purpose, using hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") techniques developed by the petroleum industry. Connecticut "Connie" Bergen, a civil attorney for Stevens Oil, Inc., the company supporting Weatherford for proprietary access to research results, gets on a company jet bound for Des Moines, sent by owner Delmar Stevens himself to defend Weatherford. This is Bergen's first assignment in a criminal case, and he's met at the airport by Amber Buchanan, a mysterious woman with various roles in Stevens Oil, Inc., whose job evidently is to guide him through the legal labyrinth surrounding this murder. It's not obvious that anyone, even Weatherford, cares whether he's convicted or acquitted. The Weatherford Trial leads us through the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation witness protection efforts, Bergen's handling of forensic geology, competing expert witnesses, and Bergen's education at the hands of Amber, until the jury adjourns to arrive at a verdict. The Weatherford Trial is the fourth Gideon Marshall Mystery. As with the first three books, this one brings out the deadly potential of seemingly arcane ideas, the phenomenon of scientific illiteracy in high places, and the power of belief regardless of truth.

Publication Date:
1534677054 / 9781534677050
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Traditional

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