"This is an engagingly told, eyebrow-raising story of a nice guy with a bad past; a manipulative, brazen almost-murderess; and thugs, both softhearted and heartless, that is spiced with trial excerpts and the intricacies of Florida's legal system." --Eloise Kinney, Bookist Online "Like a real-life story by James M. Cain, Poison Candy has a beautiful dame who's full of venom and a trusting mug who's too blinded by her charms to know she's taking him for all he's worth--or that she's planning to kill him. Told from the perspective of a tough-talking woman prosecutor, Elizabeth Parker, and veteran crime writer Mark Ebner, this tale of greed and manipulation in Palm Beach County is impossible to put down." --Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair, author of The Bling Ring "Start with a South Florida trifecta of cash, cocaine, and call girls. Throw in Nancy Grace, street gangs, and even a cop reality show. Then top it off with an absorbing courtroom drama starring the beautiful aspiring black widow. A great read--and it's all true." --Roy Black, senior partner at Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, P.A. and legal commentator "Elizabeth Parker presented a compelling case at trial, and now gives us all the juicy tidbits banned from the courtroom. Poison Candy proves the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. This is a must-read for true-crime aficionados." --Beth Karas, Legal Analyst and former Correspondent for Court TV's In Session "Not even Hollywood could come up with a character as evil and calculating as Dalia Dippolito! For anyone who wants to truly understand how diabolical criminals operate--and get away with what they do--Poison Candy is a must read. I couldn't put it down!" --Diane Dimond, investigative crime reporter and author "Poison Candy is an essential read. Destined to become a true crime classic." --Mandy Stadtmiller, XOJane.com "Elizabeth Parker, the prosecutor who convicted Dalia Dippolito, tells the behind-the-scenes story of what really happened behind the femme fatale sting and subsequent trial. One of Florida's most skilled and experienced criminal trial attorneys, she unfolds little known details of the case in a narrative that is rich with the insights of a veteran litigator and is very hard to put down. Parker and co-author Mark Ebner have produced a captivating account of one of Florida's most notorious cases." --Bob Butterworth, Former Florida Attorney General "The only thing more riveting than having experienced this already legendary Florida crime saga in real time is reliving it via Parker and Ebner's page-turner. Who needs fiction when you can devour Poison Candy?" --Billy Corben, director of Cocaine Cowboys, The U, and Raw Deal: A Question of Consent "If the Coen Brothers ever decide to do an up-to-date version of Billy Wilder's cynical, similarly caustic Ace in the Hole, they need look no further than Poison Candy." --George Hunka
About the Author
After receiving her juris doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1998, Elizabeth Parker began her career as an assistant state attorney in the Palm Beach County Florida State Attorney's Office. Since then, she served consecutively as the deputy chief of county court, the chief of the county court division and the domestic violence division. From January of 2009 until August of 2011, she held the position of chief assistant state attorney, in which Parker litigated high-profile cases. She has appeared on "Dateline, Snapped, Sins and Secrets, Nothing Personal, " and "In Session" for her role as the lead prosecutor in the Dalia Dippolito case. Parker opened her own victim advocacy and criminal defense firm in Palm Beach County, Florida, and has appeared on "Nancy Grace" and "In Session" as a legal analyst. Mark Ebner is an award-winning journalist and "New York Times" bestselling author of titles including "Hollywood, Interrupted," "Six Degrees of Paris Hilton," and "We Have Your Husband."