Our managing partner, Philip Becnel, published a sensational novel set in modern-day America. An homage to The Monkey Wrench Gang, a book penned by Edward Abbey in the 1970’s, Freedom City is set in the months after President Trump dies from a stroke. It tells the tale of four oddballs who meet at D.C. Superior Court and form a conspiracy to wage a guerilla war against the U.S. government.
While Philip drew on his nearly two decades of experience as an investigator in Washington, D.C., and the book’s colorful characters include a private detective and a criminal defense attorney, Freedom City is purely fictional. It’s also not affiliated with Dinolt Becnel & Wells Investigative Group in any way.
Why such a strong disclaimer?
“Investigators aren’t supposed to have opinions,” Philip explained on his personal blog post announcing the book’s release.
It’s true that in his two seminal non-fiction books, Introduction to Conducting Private Investigations and Principles of Investigative Documentation, he cautioned private investigators to be careful what they put in writing. Freedom City is a departure from this advice in the sense that the book is bound to be controversial.
“I can’t take it back,” he wrote in the blog piece. “Writing this book was cathartic. Releasing it is terrifying.”
While we can’t endorse some of the novel’s provocative content, we’re proud of Philip for having the courage to write something so contrary to the (in his words) “investigator-monk” stricture. There is also no denying that Freedom City is a highly entertaining book.
Read it yourself, and be the judge.