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The Fractal Murders

A Pepper Keane Mystery

by Mark Cohen

The Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen
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    May 2004, 320 pages
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    Jul 2005, 368 pages

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The Judge Advocate General's Corps are naval lawyers.  The JAGs were established within the Department of the Navy in 1967 at which time these specialized military lawyers became a distinct professional group within the Navy, similar to physicians and chaplains.

Mark Cohen served as a JAG for 20 years. His next book, Bluetick Revenge has just been published.

The Fractal Murders is one of those relatively rare self-publishing success stories.  Mark Cohen worked with three agents who failed to find a publisher for it, so in 2002 he published it himself.  Two years later he'd sold a few thousand books and got plenty of word of mouth coverage - at which point Mysterious Press, a division of Warner Books, bought the rights and republished it.

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