Based on a true story, this international thriller about torture and corruption at the highest levels of law enforcement takes place in the seemingly tranquil upper-class world of two American families living in sexy, lush, Samba-soothed Brazil.
Rogue American DEA agents “Red” Tucker and his partner Jack Kelly find a wealthy mark at Harvard and arrest him, then follow the arrogant student-turned-drug dealer home to Brazil.
In Rio de Janeiro well-to-do bother and sister, Freddy and Catlin Lauria are headed down diverging paths. Freddy is a ne’er do well ivy leaguer caught up in the treacherous, violent world of drugs and addiction, and seething in anger over a perceived slight from his father. Catlyn is on the the road to Olympic fame and a happily-ever-after life with her high-society fiancee in the sparkling bright world of world-class show jumping.
Disaster strikes when their worlds collide and Catlin is put to the test of ultimate survival.
Can Cat endure the ultimate test of sibling rivalry and torture and still come out golden?
From Harvard to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, the action is hard and fast, kinda like Gossip Girls meets White Palace with a feel of The Departed.
As two families struggle to save the Olympic equestrienne and her husband from a fate worse than death, the Parrot’s Perch becomes a reality no one wants to believe.
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In April 2010 Brazil voted to protect torturers from prosecution. Tom Cahill of Amnesty International said that “this ruling places a judicial stamp of approval on killings, torture and rape” and continued by saying….”in a country that sees thousands of judicial killings every year at the hands of security officials and where many more are tortured in police stations and prisons, this ruling clearly signals that in Brazil nobody is held responsible when the state kills and tortures its own citizens.”
When I read that this abomination of law was ratified I was taken back to my own experience in Brazil, and it was then that I decided to tell my story. A parrot’s perch is not an innocuous sounding beautiful apparatus it seems to be, instead, in this case it is a torture device used to extract confessions, to humiliate and to degrade by cruel and evil men.
Brazil’s own recently elected President Dilma Rousseff was herself a victim of torture after her participation in a misguided attempt to call attention to the horrific Human Rights violations in her beloved country. At the time, Ms. Rousseff (then a political activist) and her group of fellow students kidnapped US Ambassador Charles Elbrick in an attempt to show the world what was happening in Brazil. Their effort failed, and after Mr. Elbrick was released unharmed, Ms. Rousseff and her cohorts were thrown into jail and tortured.
Brazil is poised to become a powerhouse in the global economy. And now Brazil is set to host the 2014 World Cup, and shortly afterwards in 2016 it will host the Summer Olympic Games. There is no better global stage than this for supporters to stand up and say STOP THIS VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
Please take the time to read my book The Parrot’s Perch available on Amazon.com and at BN.com, in hardback, paperback, Kindle and e-book.
Please ask your local library to carry this book, and take the time to help spread the word.