Far More Than White Collar Crime: Gradual Descent Published by Outskirts Press

Novelist Patricia Morrissey takes readers on an increasingly ominous journey from white collar crime through murder and theft and down a final trail that points Pamela Planter and her team of forensic sleuths to the door of the White House itself.

Alexandria, VA, June 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Author Patricia Morrissey announced today the release of Gradual Descent, published in paperback by Outskirts Press. The first in her Aunt Pip Mystery series, Morrissey’s inaugural fiction work features mental health professional turned forensic sleuth Pamela Planter and her motley team of specialists pulling the string on white collar crime right and finding theft, murder and a hidden connection to the White House itself.

Known to her forensic team as “Pip,” Pamela Planter has decided to switch career paths and start investigating white collar crime for the government in Washington, D.C. with a newly formed team of specialists. She and her unusual collection of forensic sleuths find themselves pursuing one perpetrator who continually remains a step ahead of them and the FBI.

Suddenly mere white collar crime becomes a missing person, attempted murder, multiple homicides and more. Pip’s team soon finds that bureaucracies can slow things down and screw things up – both unintentionally and intentionally – when a secret connection to the White House is discovered. As the week between Christmas and New Year’s arrives when the government traditionally shuts down, Planter and her collection of investigative characters rush to fit all the pieces together despite one twist, turn and trick after another.

The author’s own thirty years of experience with the ins and outs of Washington allow her to create a clever mosaic of human and often humorous characters dealing with the inefficiency and intrigue of a sometimes murky, sometimes deceitful governmental world. Morrissey has worked for the Congress and for Washington trade associations as well as held appointments in the Executive Branch, and her ability to craft realistic twists to her entertaining and surprising plot seems bred from her expertise in navigating those labyrinthine corridors of our nation’s capital.

Gradual Descent is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-9344-9 SRP: $16.95
Genre: Fiction/mystery and detective/women sleuths/humor/African drama

Also available as an eBook ISBN: 978-1-4581-4309-9

About the author:
Patricia Morrissey has lived and worked in Washington, D.C., for over thirty years. She knows how government works and what moves it. She has published nonfiction before, but this is her first fiction book. For many years her favorite summer reads have been murder mysteries.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/auntpipmysteries.

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