Almost Paradise

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As they pulled into the driveway, Mark noticed Ted’s new silver Porsche parked there, along with the blue Audi station wagon. The estate was eerily quiet, except for ravens crowing high in the trees. The phone was ringing inside the house, someone still trying to reach Ted. Mark walked up to the large garage door and knocked loudly but there was no response. It was opened slightly. He swung it wide and stuck his head inside.

“Ted?” Mark shouted into the house .

There was no answer.

Mark pulled on one of the gloves and stepped inside. Milton donned the other and followed. The air in the house was warm and stale. They moved to the main stairway and cautiously walked up the carpeted steps as Mark continued to call Ted’s name. At the top landing, Mark approached the master bedroom and then, with a gasp, froze …. They hurried back down the stairs and out the way they came. Mark’s face was pale. He was breathing heavily, fear and shock in his eyes. To his right, the sun was setting like a fire behind the trees. Night was coming. Mark pulled off the glove, took out his cell phone, and called 911. When the dispatcher asked where the emergency was, Mark finally had to utter the words that made it real. Ted had been murdered.

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Volume 252 Issue 11 03/14/2005

Pelosi Pans ‘Almost Paradise’

by Calvin Reid | Mar 14, 2005

Despite a considerable conflict of interest, Danny Pelosi, convicted of the murder of investment banker Ted Ammons, has offered an unfavorable review of Kieran Crowley’s book, Almost Paradise: The East Hampton Murder of Ted Ammon, just published by St. Martin’s Press.

Turns out Pelosi, currently in jail, dictated a few comments on the book to his fiancée, Jennifer Zolnowski, who posted the odd broadside on “I have been following this case and have a personal interest in it,” wrote Pelosi, in what can certainly be termed an understatement. “There are many things in the book that aren’t factual.”

Pelosi cites what he calls an inaccurate account of a childhood incident with his brother that seems, in light of the crime, marginal to his conviction. Nevertheless, Pelosi/Zolnowski declares innocence and “vows to get the truth heard.” The review switches awkwardly between Zolnowski (“Danny maintains his innocence”) and Pelosi (“I know this because I am Danny Pelosi!!”). And their stint as a two-headed book reviewer was short—Amazon removed the review almost immediately.

John Murphy, publicity director at SMP, said he had no response, barely suppressing a laugh, but added: “Glad to see he’s reading our books.”

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