Contact: Lisa Mayo-DeRiso
Mayo & Associates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE PERMIT PUBLISHED
Written By William B. Scott
Inspired by the Real-World Murder
of His Son, Erik Scott, by Las Vegas Police Officers
LAS VEGAS (February 20, 2013) – The murder of a beloved son, a quest for truth and justice usurped by a broken legal system, and the battle with both grief and a blatant cover-up, led author William B. Scott to create a fictional tale rooted in every parent’s nightmare. The result is The Permit, a compelling techno-thriller novel based on the real-world murder of Erik Scott, who was gunned down by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers in front of a suburban Costco store in July 2010.
The Permit is available now as an e-book at the iBookstore, Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.
Enthusiastic advance praise for The Permit, a fast-moving, high-tech thriller that sets a new benchmark for “Justice through Fiction:”
“With The Permit, Scott has taken personal tragedy and fashioned it into a work of art. He has expertly woven a complex story of intrigue into the thinly veiled account of his son Erik's 2010 Las Vegas ‘murder by cop.’ A heartbreaking tale, you can feel the love between the lines, but Scott never overdoes it with sentimentality, instead taking revenge by writing against the terrible injustices that befell his family. I…am awed that he was able to turn tragedy into triumph, which is just another example of his skill as a writer. A real page-turner.” - Cathy Brown, Brooklyn, NY
“An important real-time story written by an excellent writer. The author’s ability to retain your attention and convey the circumstances through well-chosen words is superb. Recommend this easy read to all. It was hard to put this book down. The issues are relevant to the gun discussions today and our changing societal values.” – James M. Stewart
“My son, Erik, was murdered, because a BlackBerry in his hand was mistaken for a firearm. That senseless tragedy was magnified by a transparent cover-up orchestrated to protect his killers and a Cartel of Corruption that controls Las Vegas,” said William B. Scott, bestselling author and Erik Scott’s father. “When it became apparent that the traditional ‘legal’ process was failing my family, I turned to an effective asymmetric-warfare vehicle for revealing truth: Entertainment. A story that blended fact and fiction would expose the Cartel by showcasing its brutal methods and warped objectives. It’s a proven tool called ‘Justice through Fiction.’
“Writing The Permit was also a way of grieving—my route to healing,” Scott added. “Through a blending of fact with fiction, Permit lets readers experience a dad’s range of emotions, from crushing grief, anger and frustration to the satisfaction of seeing justice ultimately delivered by a covert government agency employing cutting-edge, ‘black world’ high-tech weapons.”
The Permit launches a series of techno-thriller novels that builds on a unique theme: “Fiction as a Legal Weapon.”
About William B. Scott
William B. (Bill) Scott is a full-time author. A former flight test engineer and aerospace journalist, he retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. He lives in Colorado Springs, writing and building the “Fiction as a Legal Weapon” brand of techno-thrillers based on a premise established in The Permit.