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Poyner Spruill LLP is pleased to announce the release of partner Steven B. Epstein’s book entitled Extreme Punishment: The Chilling True Story of Acclaimed Law Professor Dan Markel’s Murder. This is Epstein’s third true crime publication with Black Lyon Publishing, LLC.

Extreme Punishment is the story of the life and death of an accomplished Florida State criminal law professor, 41-year-old Dan Markel, who was shot at point-blank range in his home after dropping his children off at preschool. Epstein takes readers on the shocking journey from Markel’s 2014 murder turned cold case, through the relentless pursuit by the Tallahassee Police and FBI to the arrest of two career criminals who had driven hundreds of miles in the pursuit of killing Markel. The book details the twists and turns of a nasty divorce, in-laws out for revenge, and an unlikely love triangle.

The book was released on Sunday, October 9, 2022—what would have been Dan Markel’s 50th birthday—and is already receiving rave reviews:

“Empathetic, engrossing, and impeccably researched, Extreme Punishment is the single best piece of reporting I’ve read on the Dan Markel case. A genuine revelation,” said Matthew Shaer, the creator and host of Wondery’s Over My Dead Body podcast.

New York Times bestselling true crime author Ron Franscell calls Epstein’s work “top notch” and states the “sharp new true-crime rips the lid off the whole sensational story about a wrecked relationship gone horribly awry.” Award-winning journalist Rod Kackley declares Extreme Punishment “will become a classic on the shelves of true crime enthusiasts.”

Extreme Punishment is available now in paperback and Kindle on Amazon and through bookstores nationwide. The Audible version should be available by early November.

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