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Commissioner, The: A True Story of Deceit, Dishonor, and Death

Bill Keith

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ISBN 10: 1589806557 / ISBN 13: 9781589806559
Published by Pelican Publishing, 2009
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Title: Commissioner, The: A True Story of Deceit, ...

Publisher: Pelican Publishing

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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The shocking murder of admired media and advertising persona Jim Leslie spurred journalist and political insider Bill Keith to thoroughly investigate Police Commissioner George D’Artois. Viewed by the citizens of Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 1970s as a powerful yet mindful figure, D’Artois was able to hide his corrupt activities. That is until Leslie’s murder shed light on his corrupt behavior. Fueled by his responsibility to uncover the truth, Keith delves into D’Artois’s political and personal life. As the investigation unfolds, the commissioner’s participation in embezzlement, racial prejudice, pay-offs, and abhorrent abuse of authority is exposed. Years of disregarded evidence slowly begin to reveal the commissioner as a fraudulent politician striving to bring organized crime to the city. Although every aspect of his career is called into question, D’Artois does not back down. Instead, he uses his powerful ties to hinder Keith and the five courageous lawmen that try to put a stop to his criminal ways. With each passing month and published newspaper article, the citizens of Shreveport direct their attention to the political upheaval occurring around them. Multiple indictments for felony and tampering with evidence eventually lead to the commissioner’s resignation; however, his crooked behavior did not cease until the assassination of Jim Leslie was resolved. It is only then that the shaken city was able to put the damaging rise and fall of D’Artois to rest.

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When good-guy media and advertising personality Jim Leslie is unexpectedly murdered, there are no witnesses. Hard-nosed journalist Bill Keith throws himself into a tumultuous investigation that reveals the police commissioner, George D'Artois, of Shreveport, Louisiana, is likely behind the crime. As Keith, along with five city lawmen and other dedicated reporters at the Shreveport Times, delves deeper, he discovers D'Artois's involvement in corrupt political ventures and connections with mob boss Carlos Marcello. While the investigation unfolds, the city of Shreveport is torn between facts and rumors, as more lives are endangered by the commands of the police commissioner.

Bill Keith worked for several years as an investigative reporter for the Shreveport Times before serving as city editor at the Shreveport Journal. During his time as a journalist, he also served as a war correspondent in Vietnam and as a freelance writer in West Berlin, Tokyo, and the Philippines.

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