LANDMARK, MUST-HAVE GUIDEBOOK,
Living with Klinefelter Syndrome (47,XXY) Trisomy X (47,XXX) and 47,XYY:
A Guide for Families and Individuals Affected by Extra X and Y Chromosomes.
Written by one of KS&A’s long-time members, Virginia Isaacs Cover, the book provides a lifespan approach to the three trisomy conditions, Klinefelter Syndrome, Trisomy X, and 47,XYY Syndrome, as well as their less common tetrasomy and pentasomy variations. Ms. Cover draws on her years of experience as the parent of a young adult with 47,XXY, as an advocate, and as a social worker involved with children and adults with developmental disabilities, to research psychosocial and medical issues affecting this population.
The 200 pages of the guide provide clear explanations of the genetics involved in the conditions, as well as diagnosis and disclosure, development from infancy through early adulthood, potential health issues, and educational and psychosocial considerations.
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Courthouse Cowboys -
A Modern Tale of Murder in Montana
Note from KS&A: This important book explores the legal struggles of a man who has Klinefelter Syndrome.
About the book
Murder dogs Jack and Paige Defalco from their days as California prosecutors to their newfound careers as Montana defense attorneys. Never mind that they’ve uprooted their kids, caravanned 2,000 miles to the hinterlands of Kootenai County, kissed goodbye to their fat salaries, or vowed to avoid homicide.
At Deer Lodge State Prison in 1999, murder sits before them in the guise of a skeletal, bloody-lipped, broken-nosed teenager who grins out one side of his mouth as he stares at them through a swollen eye. Evidently his fellow criminals brook no mercy for a convicted killer, regardless of his age or feeble intelligence.
This kid’s parents have no money and the local legal eagles have warned the Defalcos to let the conviction stand … or else. Yet that threat, a gauntlet thrown down, fuels the couple’s addiction to criminal law. It makes them flip the bird at those in authority and go to trial anyway. So, as they return the kid’s stare, a silent agreement passes between them, a nod that conveys two decades of marriage and as many years in the courtroom. The Defalcos will defend mentally disabled Ben Stagg.
Is it coincidence that soon thereafter anonymous callers threaten them? That the local media excoriates them? That the State Bar investigates them? Are they crazy to rat out the corrupt criminal justice system to the ACLU and the Montana Supreme Court? Are they foolhardy to challenge the powerful judges, lawyers, and cops who comprise the Courthouse Cowboys?
And with the discovery that Ben Stagg suffers from Klinefelter’s syndrome, a common but rarely diagnosed genetic disorder, will a jury acquit him of murder when presented with a never-before-used insanity defense?
This legal thriller rocks the reader with suspense, gallows humor, and a finale filled with redemption.
From the Author
While I wrote this as a fictional memoir, much of the story is based on actual instances and cases occurring in my law practice here in Montana. The trial involving the disabled teen with Klinefelter's syndrome was featured on Dateline, NBC, City Confidential, Discovery, TLC, Rolling Stone, and Sports Illustrated.
As you follow Paige Defalco's one woman quest for justice in small town Montana, you'll ride with her in the front car of the roller coaster, wondering if this former cynical prosecutor turned defense attorney will recover the soul she misplaced, 'somewhere between the Catholic Church and the Courtroom.'
Thanks for checking it out and please let me know, through your honest review, what you think!
From Gary Glissman, Board of Directors, KS&A
Definitely a "must read" for anyone involved with XXY or who has concerns about the current legal system in this country. It is a powerful story that deals with very raw emotions and I suspect it will challenge many personal philosophies people have about criminals, punishment, personal responsibility, the legal system and a lot more. It is a very personalized look at things we don't particularly want to think about or discuss and will likely elicit some strong responses on many different levels.
From Kathy Dunnehoff, Amazon best-selling author of The Do Over
If John Grisham was a mom... he'd be P.A. Moore.
From Medic 319
I was hooked by the story immediately. What a great read! I loved the author's writing style. I found myself easily connecting with the characters.
Radio Interview with the author
Discussing Courthouse Cowboys, Klinefelter's syndrome, and tons of information not covered in the book. Please SHARE and thanks to Ross Strausser and Big Valley Radio!
Scroll down to the September 20th interview with P.A. Moore.
In early September, Author, P.A. Moore made the electronic version of this book available as a free download from Amazon.com. Response was overwhelming, with 14,333 copies distributed in just 72 hours.
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