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Midwest Innocence, Government Malfeasance: Deceit Published by Outskirts Press

Veteran author John Austin Sletten’s newest work is a mystery thriller based on a true story and is a graphic expose of white collar crime and how the FBI misuses their staggering power to barely touch the surface of a case’s seemingly real essence or projected purpose.

Philadelphia, PA, May 27, 2011 --( Author John Austin Sletten announced today the release of Deceit, A Novel of Lies, Duplicity and Fraud, published by Outskirts Press. Sletten’s thriller follows a fair haired, golden boy with a degree in accounting from Minnesota to Washington, D.C., and a job with the FBI. The young Special Agent tries to be a loyal and dedicated patriot, but turns from the hunter into the hunted and ends up paying the ultimate price for his duplicity in a repulsive and malevolent FBI bureaucracy.

When the naive twenty-seven year old from Minnesota arrives in the nation’s capital, his attention is transfixed by the famous buildings and historical sights. A Midwest patriot at heart, he can’t believe he’s going to be working for the prestigious FBI.

Eventually he realizes, though, he has been hood-winked and has known nothing of what he has really gotten himself into. He is coerced into an audacious undercover operation to break up small business operations teetering on grey lines, or so it seems, and he begins undercover work in an area of white collar crime where no rules have been written, let alone tested, for his activities.

Rules of engagement are made up as the FBI scrutiny continues, and an illegal high life spills over from those watched into the daily patterns of the “good guy” agent watching and infiltrating the corruption. The self-serving rigidity of the FBI organization also becomes impossible for the young agent to deal with, and before he knows it, he finds he is in fear of his own life -- from them.

Too late he has found out that he knows too much, and he begins to fear the final price he will have to pay for his innocence in this increasingly nefarious world of white collar crime and government abuse.

Deceit is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 hardback with jacket ISBN: 978-1-4327-7168-3 SRP: $41.95
5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream $26.95
e-Book $5.00
Kindle $9.99
Genre: Drama/American

About the author:

John Austin Sletter grew up in a small town, Montevideo, in southwestern Minnesota. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 1966. After careers in banking, justice and public accounting he now enjoys baseball, mathematics, music and writing. The writer had his first work published with the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, a feature story entitled “Confessions of a Little League Father.” This piece of writing led to an appearance with Oprah Winfrey. He has been a sports writer for the Princeton Packet and has published many magazine articles. His first book published was The Johnny Callison Story, a biography of the great Philadelphia Phillies baseball player whose career traversed three decades, including the entire decade of the obstreperous sixties. Sletten has also written Along the James, a historical Civil War novel, The Keeper and Uncommon Knowledge. Sletten resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife, Kathy.

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