By Joe Sharkey
whilst rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam got his first task in 1987, it was once the end result of a lifelong dream, if now not the main fascinating situation. Pikeville, Kentucky, is excessive in Appalachian coal state, an outpost rife with lawlessness relationship again to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a emerging famous person within the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug earrings and financial institution robbers. but if one informant fell in love with him, ardour and accountability could collide with tragic results.
A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith used to be a tender, beautiful, suffering unmarried mom. She was once additionally a drug person occasionally defined as a con artist, thief, liar. eventually, Putnam gave in to Smith’s relentless pursuit. but if he ended the affair, she waged a crusade of vengeance that threatened to smash him. whilst ultimately she faced him with a surprising assertion, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of out of control rage, fatally strangled her.
although he had every little thing essential to break out with murder—a spotless acceptance, a sufferer with a number of enemies, and the safety of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his judgment of right and wrong wouldn’t let it. laid low with a yr of guilt and deception, Putnam eventually led gurus to Smith’s continues to be. this is often the tale of what occurred earlier than, in the course of, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its position at the darkish shelf of the simplest American actual crime” (Newsday).
Revised and up-to-date, this booklet additionally comprises images and a brand new epilogue by way of the author.
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Above Suspicion by Joe Sharkey