Joan Mellen is a professor of English and creative writing at Temple University in Philadelphia and the author of seventeen books. She lives in Pennington, New Jersey.
"A Farewell to Justice is a fascinating and provocative book
featuring one of the most unusual and compelling figures in the
history of American jurisprudence. And though the book is massive,
carefully researched, and intellectually persuasive, it also reads
with the engaging particularity and narrative drive of an epic,
tragic novel."--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
and author of A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain--Robert
"The much-maligned Jim Garrison at last receives full vindication from Joan Mellen, whose own investigation into the Kennedy conspiracy brings us ever closer to the elusive truth of what really happened on November 22, 1963."--Dick Russell, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much--Dick Russell
"One of the most critical and controversial areas in the JFK case relates to Jim Garrison's investigation of Clay Shaw and Lee Harvey Oswald's pre-assassination activities in Louisiana. Professor Mellen's excellent scholarly research boldly details these events and sheds glaring light on evidence that the Warren Commission regrettably failed to explore. A Farewell to Justice is a must-read for every person who has ever entertained some doubt about who killed President Kennedy."--Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., forensic pathologist and coroner, and author of Mortal Evidence and Tales From the Morgue--Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.
"A Farewell to Justice is a mammoth reconsideration of Jim Garrison's investigation of the President's assassination. As such, it is a Grand Guignol of Nawlins' archetypes--psycho-cops and sicko-spooks, corrupt pols and thugs and crusaders, oh my! A dark and sprawling book, it is packed with investigative leads, deeply researched and very, very scary."--Jim Hougan, author of Spooks: The Haunting of America: The Private Use of Secret Agents--Jim Hougan
"Joan Mellen is a rare breed--a biographer who writes with the passion of a truth-seeker, the skill of an artisan, and the attention to detail of a well-trained scholar-researcher. She digs deep and she cares. I look forward to reading every book she writes."--Richard Layman, author of Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett--Richard Layman
"For seven years Joan Mellen, with determination and breathtaking courage, investigated and tested the original inquiry of District Attorney Jim Garrison into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Single-handedly, she has taken that investigation far beyond where Garrison was able to go and has emerged from this terrifying underworld with astounding revelations. In A Farewell to Justice she brings to light the hidden witnesses and documentary record that establish the lead role of the CIA in the assassination and reveal that the setting up of alternative patsies accompanied the preparations for the shooting itself. The writing is taut and dramatic, the book indispensable."--Dick Gregory, coauthor of Murder in Memphis: The FBI and the Assassination of Martin Luther King--Dick Gregory