Check the media release for this new novel by a former EPA staffer.
Here’s the Overview:
It’s assumed that race relations have reached a peaceful state in the American South, especially in a civilized metropolis like Atlanta, Georgia. Old habits seemingly die hard as African American children begin acting strangely. Alexa Mason, a beautiful, charming, and ambitious young woman who specializes in environmental consultation, is called in to investigate. Alexa begins to suspect the children in question are being poisoned, and she soon makes the acquaintance of Detective Bud Prior, of the Atlanta Police Department. Bud is also the Atlanta liaison to the FBI Hate Crimes Unit, which is why he takes such a passionate interest in the case—or is his passion ignited for another reason? As Bud gets to know the stunning Alexa, he feels himself growing even more interested. Alexa feels the same way about Bud, but they’re both torn about getting involved, especially considering the media frenzy surrounding their case. Plus, the poison threat is anything but neutralized as the hateful mission of a white supremacist mastermind continues to cause trouble. Alexa and Bud must solve the case before any more damage is done—or else they may find themselves at risk, too. [Emphasis added]
The media release is below.
Expert scientist exposes the cruel realities of environmental racism
ATLANTA, Ga. –What if you found out that children in your neighborhood were being poisoned on their own playground? It’s almost unthinkable—yet it happens in Ted Simon’s new novel, A Toxic Assault.
This engaging tale takes the reader on a journey filled with love, hate, and gripping adventure. Loosely based on Simon’s experiences as a regional toxicologist at the Environmental Protection Agency’s office in Atlanta, the story reveals the potential dangers inherent in our society’s love affair with technology.
“This situation in the book reflects much of the psychology and thinking I witnessed as a toxicologist in EPA’s regional office in Atlanta,” says Simon. “The motivations of many the characters are based on the words and deeds—and presumed motivations—of many of the individuals I met, both inside and outside the Agency.”
While the plot features a page-turning mystery surrounding a hate crime against African American children, there is also an ongoing love story that emerges as the investigation into this horrific crime unfolds. This suspenseful story, full of twists and turns, not only engages readers but also causes them to ponder the evils of racism and the blessings and burdens of technology in modern society.
A Toxic Assault
By Ted Simon
About the author:
Ted Simon is currently a consultant providing scientific support to a select group of clients. He has expertise in the areas of toxicology, environmental risk assessment, statistics, drug and alcohol abuse, risk communication, and mathematical modeling. Previously, he was employed for twelve years by the Environmental Protection Agency. While at EPA, Simon served as the senior toxicologist in the Waste Management Division in the Agency’s Atlanta Office.
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