Synopsis 

 A decade ago mothers from around the world contacted Michael. They told him their babies were born blind. They believed a pesticide was at fault. This is the genesis of The Crestfallen Rose. Martin, a former district attorney, is a long time litigator of environmental poisons that affect people and plants. The Rose, merges the journey of a child born blind with that of two women whose lives were devastated in pre-war II Germany, into a winsome and exciting tale.
The Crestfalllen Rose is a courtroom drama of judicial corruption, violence and corporate greed, confronting the courage of Ally Talbot and David King as they unveil the truth about the pesticide WC-IFD88 that Ally unwittingly sprayed in rosebud nursery.

Samantha Talbot is born blind. Her mother, Ally, searches for the cause. She finds a common link to one pesticide, and other children born blind around the globe. The product is the lifework of nobel laureate Hans Gessle. No lawyer will touch her case, until a former criminal prosecutor David King agrees to fight for she and Samantha.

The truth about WC-IFD88 takes you into the darkness of 1930’s Germany, where the fates of two young women, Amalia Hecht and Rachel Wisemann, bear upon the lives of Ally, David and Samantha.

Four strong female protagonists, Ally a botanist fighting for her daughter, Amalia and Rachel fleeing the Gestapo, and Janet Corbin a cutthroat defense lawyer kicking her firms glass ceiling, join with a unique male cast to create page turning suspense, and an emotion charged finale.

The Crestfallen Rose combines the suspense of John Grisham with the pictorial writing of P.D. James. Enjoy it!

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A decade ago mothers from around the world contacted Michael. They told him their babies were born blind. They believed a pesticide was at fault. This is the genesis of The Crestfallen Rose. Martin, a former district attorney, is a long time litigator of environmental poisons that affect people and plants. The Rose, merges the journey of a child born blind with that of two women whose lives were devastated in pre-war II Germany, into a winsome and exciting tale.

Michael D. Martin, a former district attorney, has litigated many trials involving dangerous products. He earned an English degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, and a law degree from the University of Florida. Martin lives in Lakeland, Florida with his wife Joy and daughters Kate and Rachel.