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    • 978-1-03-831394-2
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    • Black & White interior
    • 288 pages
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    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 288 pages
  • Keywords
    • reporter,
    • crime investigation,
    • exposing truth,
    • politics,
    • Putin,
    • Russo-Ukrainian War,
    • Washington D.C.

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Putin's Assassin
by Victor Malarek

New York Tribune investigative reporter Matt Kozar is compelled to head to Ukraine, the homeland of his great-grandparents, after hearing an impassioned speech by high-ranking US senator William Bradford denouncing Vladimir Putin’s murderous invasion. On a trek to a front line, Kozar witnesses firsthand the shocking and unimaginable war crime atrocities committed by Russian soldiers. With his horrifying accounts splashed across the front page of the Tribune, the reporter returns to New York to be hit by news that the senator has been arrested and charged in the brutal murder of his intern. In this fast-paced political thriller, Kozar and his forensics expert girlfriend, Mei, get caught up in a seemingly impossible investigation of Senator Bradford’s wildly unbelievable claim that he was framed by the Kremlin. The reporter hits one dead end after another while locking horns with Bradford’s attorney and a Washington, DC, homicide captain. Putin’s Assassin is the second book in the Matt Kozar series and follows Wheat$haft by Victor Malarek.

Often described as a relentless, crusading, investigative reporter, Victor Malarek began his career in journalism in 1970 as a crime reporter at The Montreal Star. In 1976, he was hired by The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, where his work garnered an unprecedented three Michener Awards for meritorious public service journalism. In 1990, Malarek was recruited by CBC to co-host its current affairs show, the fifth estate, where he was awarded a Gemini in 1997 as Canada’s top broadcast journalist, and a fourth Michener Award in 2000. A decade later, he joined CTV’s W5 as its senior investigative reporter where his documentaries won four Canadian Screen Awards. He retired in 2017. In his 27 years in television, he has worked on more than 325 investigative documentaries. Malarek has reported from across Canada, the United States, Australia, and the European Union, as well as Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran, Kurdistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South-East Asia, and Central and South America. Malarek is the author of six non-fiction books including his internationally acclaimed The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex trade, which has been published in 2003 in a dozen countries and 10 languages, and: The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men who buy it; released in Canada, the U.S. and the UK in 2009. His first book: Hey … Malarek! hit the bookstores in 1984. It documents his troubled and tumultuous childhood and teenage years. In 1989, it was made into a feature movie called Malarek. A second feature movie, Target Number One, starring Josh Hartnett in the role of investigative reporter Malarek, was released in July 2020 in Canada, the US, Britain, and France. In 2014, Malarek decided to go independent, publishing his first fiction, Orphanage 41, with FriesenPress. His second fiction, Wheat$haft was published in 2021.


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