Echoes of my Soul



ECHOES OF MY SOUL by Robert K. Tanenbaum

“In his third true crime offering (after The Piano Teacher), Tanenbaum—best known for his legal thrillers about Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi, lawyers in the New York District Attorney’s office—examines the convoluted and dramatic case that followed the brutal murders of two young women, Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert, in New York City in 1963.

“Relying on court transcripts, crime-scene photos, and the reminiscences of his legal mentors—Mel Glass, John Keenan, and D.A. Frank Hogan, all of whom were involved in the case—Tanenbaum recreates the proceedings with a novelist’s sense of plotting. The seasoned attorney and two-time mayor of Beverly Hills, Calif., details how a young black man, George Whitmore Jr. (who had an IQ of less than 70), was connected to the killings by a confession extracted under extreme duress. Luckily, Manhattan Assistant D.A. Glass took an interest in the case and began to question the police tactics used to accuse Whitmore.

“A clue worthy of crime fiction eventually leads to the capture of the real killer, and a trial cleverly conducted by Keenan reveals police incompetence (and possible malfeasance) and sets Whitmore free. Tanenbaum’s take on the case, which was cited by the Supreme Court in its 1966 Miranda v. State of Arizona decision regarding self-incrimination, is a thrilling and insightful addition to the true crime genre. Photos. Agent: Bob Diforio, D4EO Literary Agency. (May 28 Release)”


New York Times bestselling author and renowned prosecuting attorney Robert K. Tanenbaum provides the first insider’s account of the historic Wylie-Hoffert case, from the shocking double-murder to the wrenching interrogation of an innocent young man, and the heroic Assistant District Attorney who risked everything to unravel a disgraceful injustice. Here is a gripping chronicle of the unnerving crime that led to the Miranda Rights, and of the courageous stand that forever reformed the American justice system.

It was a muggy summer day in New York when Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert were raped and murdered in their apartment on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side. Months passed as their families grieved the unthinkable and a shaken city awaited answers. Finally, Brooklyn police arrested George Whitmore, Jr., a nineteen-year-old with an I.Q. of less than 70. But his incarceration would ultimately entail a host of shocking law enforcement missteps and cover-ups.

Whitmore had confessed. Yet Mel Glass, a young Manhattan Assistant D.A. not even assigned to the Homicide Bureau, was troubled by the investigation. With the blessing of legendary D.A. Frank Hogan, Glass tirelessly immersed himself in the case. So began an epic quest for justice, culminating in a courtroom showdown in which the Brooklyn arresting cops refused to admit their flagrant errors, providing a complete defense to a vicious predator. The outcome would reach far beyond the individuals involved.

Including trial transcripts and never before published crime scene photos, here is a captivating depiction of one of the most intense manhunts of our time. Echoes of My Soul is also a testament to the power of individuals like Glass and Hogan, without whom the real killer would never have been convicted and an unjustly accused man would have been jailed for life. And we may never have gained the legal safeguards that protect us today.

Advance Reviews

“The most powerful story of American justice in our time… Robert Tanenbaum knows this territory better than anyone, and tells a riveting tale of the man who is his hero, and one for all seasons.” — Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

“Because Echoes of My Soul captures so authentically well, in a microcosm, the entire criminal justice system in America, it is a strong candidate to become a true crime classic.”—Vincent Bugliosi, New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter.

“Echoes of My Soul has the excitement of a great work of fiction and it is not ‘based upon’ a real case. It is a real case and it is about a real hero.” —Mark Lane

“A compelling, page turning, disturbing true story.” —Professor Jesse Choper, Earl Warren Professor of Public Law Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Here’s a link to the June 4 interview on FOX-TV’s “Good Day New York” with Robert K. Tanenbaum:

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ECHOES OF MY SOUL was the “Good Day Book Club Pick” on FOX-TV’s Good Day New York. The book will also be featured on the website.

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“Tanenbaum recreates the proceedings with a novelist’s sense of plotting… Tanenbaum’s take on the case, which was cited by the Supreme Court in its 1966 Miranda v. State of Arizona decision regarding self-incrimination, is a thrilling and insightful addition to the true crime genre.” – Publishers Weekly   

Dive into the full review, and get ready for the read of a lifetime. Robert K Tanenbaum

First inspired by the investigation chronicled in ECHOES OF MY SOUL, Tanenbaum’s tireless hunt for justice in law and politics  informs his writing, including the twenty-five novels in his bestselling Butch Karp series.

When asked what, of the books he has written, is his favorite, he answered, “Echoes of my Soul is my personal Torah. It is my system of belief in the law, my theory of justice.” Then he answered that his other favorites were all the books in the Butch Karp series along with his two other non-fiction books, Badge of the Assassin and The Piano Teacher.

Mr. Tanenbaum is a lucky man. He has two loves (besides his family) – his legal career and his writing career. And all have been very full. Robert K. Tanenbaum’s legal career is legendary. One of the most successful prosecuting attorneys, he never lost a felony trial and convicted hundreds of violent criminals as the homicide bureau chief for the New York D.A.’s Office.

He also served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Congressional Committee investigation into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. The New York Time’s bestselling author is a man full of life, stories, and love of justice.

“Tanenbaum is one lawyer who can write with the best of them.”—Joseph Wambaugh, New York Times bestselling author of Hollywood Hills .

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