(PRWEB) January 10, 2005
Leslie Glass is internationally known as the author of the best-selling series of mystery novels starring NYPD Detective Sergeant April Woo. She is also the only author to serve as a trustee of the New York City Police Foundation. Deeply committed to giving back to the world about which she writes, over a decade ago she established the Leslie Glass Foundation to support original research in the fields of Criminal Justice and Mental Health.
GlassÂs latest novel, For Love and Money, (ISBN: 0-345-44801-4, $23.95) was just released in hardcover from Ballantine in January 2005. This compulsively readable stand-alone outside of the April Woo series revolves around a onetime superstar stockbroker suspected of stealing a quarter of a million dollars in bearer bonds. GlassÂs novels thrill and entertain with her trademark combination of romance, suspense and humor. Another critically-acclaimed stand-alone, Over His Dead Body (Ballantine, ISBN: 0-345-44802-2, $6.99) has just been released in paperback. This "novel of sweet revenge" about a cheating husband and a deadly facelift may be the set-up for a laugh riot about domestic dysfunction, but Glass is deadly serious about her not for profit work.
As Glass fans avidly devour her powerful New York cautionary tales, real life Leslie Glass Fellows at New York University School of Social Work, the CUNY Graduate Center, New York University Law School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The National Center for Victims of Crime, the New York City Police Foundation and many other institutions have been working for over a decade to improve the lives of the cops and better understand the societal issues that Glass writes about.
As the April Woo series has grown, so has the work of the Leslie Glass Foundation. The Foundation has supported the teaching of DNA research, a study of gender partnering in NYPD, pilot programs for underserved and at-risk populations in the schools, in shelters, hospitals and even in prison. One fellow researched the problems of child soldiers from war devastated countries entering American high schools. A large project involving many fellows brought into focus the plight of Chernobyl victims now living in the New York area and dealing with the lasting trauma of radiation exposure. A current project explores the resilience of homeless mothers with AIDS.
Glass Fellows also have worked on projects involving organized crime in New York, prisons around the country, and theories of dealing with domestic violence. A ground-breaking study by CUNY graduate students on the impact of higher education in prison was done at Bedford Correctional Facility, the only maximum security prison for women in New York State. The Soros Foundation published and distributed the findings of the report that proves education can change lives and reduce recidivism. Since 1994, the Glass Foundation has given over $1,700,000 in grants in the New York area.
In the same way that her devotion to detail for her novels led to her extensive involvement in the gritty, real-life world of the NYPD, Leslie Glass's dedication to philanthropy led her to help empower underserved and vulnerable populations in New York. Much more than just a gifted author, she is a fascinating person with a unique story to tell about the responsibility and joy of giving.
- Broadcast and print interviews with Leslie Glass are encouraged and can be arranged.
- Review copies of Leslie's books, photos and additional background materials are available.
- Visit http://www.authorleslieglass.com and http://www.aprilwoo.com for more information
- The eagerly anticipated ninth book in the April Woo series, A Clean Kill, will be published in June 2005.