In the midst of the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in April 2020, a senior Federal prosecutor is brutally attacked in her home on Sunday, April 12. Over the next two weeks, U.S. Attorney Mo Katz and his staff assist in bringing the perpetrator to justice. Due to the constraints posed by COVID-19, the investigative team relies upon electronics to conduct a virtual street search, online witness interviews, and teleconferences to solve the crime and untangle a tale of jealousy and deceit. Book Three of the Mo Katz mystery series combines a historical accounting of the pandemic, reminiscent of Daniel Defoe’s recordation of the impacts of the Black Death, with a classic murder mystery a la Agatha Christie. The book illustrates how the wretchedness of the pandemic has ironically brought out the best in many people by recognizing the importance of teamwork and valuing personal and professional relationships, some of which were previously frayed. Despite the carnage in the story — a brutal attack and two murders while the coronavirus courses through the community — Slaters Lane is a book of hope, promise, and reconciliation.
John Adam Wasowicz is the author of two previous Mo Katz mysteries. A seasoned lawyer, Wasowicz derives his knowledge of the criminal justice system from his experiences as a state prosecutor and a criminal defense lawyer. He earned his JD from Catholic University and holds a graduate degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve.
US. Attorney Mo Katz takes us through a gripping criminal investigation complicated by the coronavirus. An intriguing and fast-moving plot with plenty of intricate legal entanglements.
--James Benerofe, Editor, SUBURBAN STREET NEWS, White Plains, N.Y.
There is truth in entertainment. Readers will be pulled into a murder mystery that conveys their fear in the time of the coronavirus. . .fear of infection and fear that no one’s in control. Into this odd present, author John Wasowicz brings a calm and determined influence: Elmo Katz, his fictional U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Someone whacked Jane Hutton, a sharp-as-knives prosecutor with a twisted personal life, and Katz cannot let the killer escape unpunished.
--Menahem Prywes, global lecturer, Washington, D.C.