Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story

Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story

by Julie K. Brown (Author)

“Julie K. Brown's important book offers not just a definitive account of the Epstein case, but a compelling window into her own experiences as a dogged reporter at a regional newspaper, facing off against powerful interests set against her reporting.” —Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Catch and Kill

Dauntless journalist Julie K. Brown recounts her uncompromising and risky investigation of Jeffrey Epstein's underage sex trafficking operation, and the explosive reporting for the Miami Herald that finally brought him to justice while exposing the powerful people and broken system that protected him.

For many years, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein's penchant for teenage girls was an open secret in the high society of Palm Beach, Florida and Upper East Side, Manhattan. Charged in 2008 with soliciting prostitution from minors, Epstein was treated with unheard of leniency, dictating the terms of his non-prosecution. The media virtually ignored the failures of the criminal justice system, and Epstein's friends and business partners brushed the allegations aside. But when in 2017 the U.S Attorney who approved Epstein's plea deal, Alexander Acosta, was chosen by President Trump as Labor Secretary, reporter Julie K. Brown was compelled to ask questions.

Despite her editor's skepticism that she could add a new dimension to a known story, Brown determined that her goal would be to track down the victims themselves. Poring over thousands of redacted court documents, traveling across the country and chasing down information in difficulty and sometimes dangerous circumstances, Brown tracked down dozens of Epstein's victims, now young women struggling to reclaim their lives after the trauma and shame they had endured.

Brown's resulting three-part series in the Miami Herald was one of the most explosive news stories of the decade, revealing how Epstein ran a global sex trafficking pyramid scheme with impunity for years, targeting vulnerable teens, often from fractured homes and then turning them into recruiters. The outrage led to Epstein's arrest, the disappearance and eventual arrest of his closest accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell, and the resignation of Acosta. The financier's mysterious suicide in a New York City jail cell prompted wild speculation about the secrets he took to the grave-and whether his death was intentional or the result of foul play.

Tracking Epstein’s evolution from a college dropout to one of the most successful financiers in the country—whose associates included Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton—Perversion of Justice builds on Brown's original award-winning series, showing the power of truth, the value of local reportage and the tenacity of one woman in the face of the deep-seated corruption of powerful men. 

In "Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story," author Julie K. Brown delves into the shocking tale of Jeffrey Epstein, a wealthy financier and convicted sex offender whose crimes spanned decades and involved numerous young girls.

Brown meticulously unravels Epstein's rise to power, his connections to influential figures in politics, finance, and entertainment, and the systemic failures that allowed him to evade justice for so long.

Through extensive research and interviews with survivors, investigators, and legal experts, Brown exposes the disturbing details of Epstein's predatory behavior and the culture of silence that enabled him to operate with impunity.

The book sheds light on the flaws in the criminal justice system that allowed Epstein to avoid serious consequences for his crimes, despite overwhelming evidence against him.

Brown also delves into the role of Epstein's associates, including Ghislaine Maxwell, in facilitating his crimes and the efforts of brave survivors to seek justice and hold those responsible accountable.

"Perversion of Justice" is a powerful and disturbing exposé that exposes the dark underbelly of wealth, power, and privilege, while highlighting the resilience and courage of those who fought to bring Epstein to justice.


464 pages