"Railroaded!" Selected as Finalist for Prestigious 2005 IPPY Book Awards

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Debut Novel of Whitfield Grant is gaining momentum with readers everywhere.

There is a new book that starts with a lynching in 1964, and ends with an African American professional football player accused of sexual assault in 1979. With his debut novel, "Railroaded!," author Whitfield Grant jumps into the field of established writers to compete against John Grisham, Tom Clancey, James Patterson, and other well-known authors that have ventured successfully and become prominent in the genre of suspense and legal thrillers. As if to certify a new place for him within the group of more notable writers, "Railroaded!" was recently selected as a finalist for the 2005 Independent Publisher Book of the Year Award in the hotly contested category of Mystery/Suspense/Thriller.

“To receive such an award for my first novel is an extraordinary accomplishment,” says Grant.

Similarity to Current News

Coincidentally, the events of "Railroaded" are strikingly similar to stories in the current headlines regarding false accusations of sexual assault or rape. In view of the current headlines in the sports world and elsewhere, the novel showcases the almost mass destruction that can be levied upon individuals forced to endure such false accusations.

Research indicates that almost 40% of filed sexual assault charges are laced with falsified information, a statistic that is alarming and borders on a national tragedy in and of itself. Brought to mind are the recent accusations against Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Kobe Bryant, as well as other notable celebrities.

The Story

Whitfield Grant introduces new modern day heroes, a new league of “extraordinary gentlemen,” who not only strive for their “personal best,” but genuinely thrive from their commitments to family and lifelong friendships. Readers will be more than fulfilled by Grant’s smoothly executed coupling of the suspense thriller genre with the heart-felt story of a decent man drawn into a mysterious web of lies and danger, out of which he can only be rescued by the ties that thank fully bind him – those of the friends and family he loves.

The book starts when 11-year old Anthony Williams witnesses the whipping and lynching of his cousin in rural Alabama. This traumatic event spurs a family move to California in hope of escaping the racial repression commonly experienced in the South. In his new home, Tony becomes friends with Adrian Christopher and Errol Forrest Jr. All three excel academically as well as in their athletic pursuits. All three swear an allegiance to each other and become lifelong friends.

Years later, Tony Williams is a star free safety for a professional football team, in addition to being a highly respected member of his community. Happily married, he always rejects advances from female fans. During a pre-game party for the Pro-Bowl in Hawaii, a young white women solicits sexual favors from Tony. He rebukes her advances and publicly humiliates the woman. Furious at his refusal to sleep with her, the woman plots her revenge. Her resources are almost limitless in that she is the daughter of the owner of the team for which he plays. She stalks and later accuses Tony of assault and rape, throwing his life into an unimaginable tailspin. Tony calls on his two lifelong friends to help him clear his name; Adrian is also a professional football player and Errol is a third-year law student. With an Interpol-affiliated Irishman and his mysterious ally, as well as a committed defense attorney, the friends, together with Tony’s leonine wife, Shelli, take their stand against the racially-charged accusations of rape levied by a prominent family. Forced to endure the pressure of a highly- publicized trial led by an ambitious young prosecutor, Tony and his entourage of family and friends, also have to uncover a mysterious threat lurking behind the scenes – but on whose orders?

"Railroaded!" is a fast-paced read that will keep you fully engrossed. Grant’s heroes and heroines are poignantly drawn men and women of real character. Readers will look forward to meeting them again and again to cheer them on in their pursuit of social justice.

About Whitfield Grant:

Armed with a law degree and having traveled extensively domestically and world wide, Grant splits his time between his position as a senior executive with a natural resource company, and the pursuit of his passion... writing. His experiences during those travels, have provided Mr. Grant with a wealth of stories on which to base future novels. He currently lives in metropolitan Denver, Colorado.

"Railroaded!" is available at:http://www.amazon.com http://www.barnesandnoble.com
Borders Bookstores, Barnes & Noble Bookstores, BookSense Affiliated Independent Bookstores and online at http://www.RailroadedTheNovel.com

Contact:    

Harold Woods, Jr.

hwjr@denver-austin.com        

Denver-Austin Publishing Group, Inc.

1-866-362-0401

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