I’m the author of two nonfiction novellas for The Atavist (otherwise known as ebook singles, ebook shorts, and other monikers), and the co-author of one full-length book for HarperCollins:
Oilman’s Daughter (2013)
What would you do if you were given the opportunity to become another person—one whose life promised to be more glamorous and prosperous than your own? That was the question posed to Judith Patterson when, at age 33, she met the birth mother who had given her up for adoption as a child, who now revealed to her an extraordinary secret. Patterson, her mother told her, was the illegitimate daughter of a Texas oil mogul, one of the most powerful businessmen in the country in his day. The news sent Patterson on a two-decade search for the truth about her identity—and part of the fortune she believed she was owed. The only problem was that someone else had gotten to it first.
Patterson’s pursuit of the truth would grow into an obsessive personal quest laced with love, deception, and danger. In The Oilman’s Daughter, author Evan Ratliff sets out to untangle a family drama that raises questions about the durability of identity, the slipperiness of truth, and the ways that greed can turn even the closest relatives into strangers.
The robbers had a crew of two dozen specialists, a stolen helicopter, perfectly-designed explosives, and inside information on a $150-million cash repository in Stockholm. The police were on to them—or so they thought. What happened next would make headlines around the world, but the robbery was just part of the story. Evan Ratliff presents the inside tale of one of history’s most elaborate heists, and the race to unravel it.
If our society is the most technologically sophisticated on Earth, then why can’t we protect ourselves from terrorists and other threats to our safety and security?
This is the question that frustrates—and scares—all of us today, and the answers have proved maddeningly elusive. Until now. Through dramatic, enlightening, and often entertaining narratives, SAFE makes visible—and understandable—the high-stakes work being done by some of the most ingenious problem-solvers across the country and around the world, people committed to creating real and dependable security in the twenty-first century.