Orange author weaves gripping tale in new crime novel

ORANGE, Va. — This week marks the nationwide release of “Justice Denied,” a suspenseful new novel by author Mark O’Connell.

In “Justice Denied,” for over a span of almost four years, a rural Virginia family experienced on three occasions the anguish that follows the death of a loved one. Two of the people who died were adults in their 40s and the other, a young teenager of 14 years. All three died mysteriously and one violently. Though three people died, only one person was ever charged with a criminal offense in connection with any of those three deaths, and even that charge was dismissed. Is it possible that their deaths happened coincidentally? Or is it more likely that murder was the cause behind what could be argued as a diabolical conspiracy to eliminate those no longer of use?

The survivors still struggle to make sense of it all. Perhaps new evidence will come to light to bring charges in the future. Until then, read their stories and decide for yourself in “Justice Denied.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

O’Connell recently retired from Virginia’s Department of Community Corrections after serving 25 years as a probation/parole officer. He is married and is the father of three adult children. He works as a freelance sports reporter to a couple of newspapers and as a sports commentator for a local television station. He is also involved in a youth mentoring program. This is his second book, succeeding “Criminal Minds in Real Time,” which was recently published.

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