Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire

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Doctor Dealer is the story of Larry Lavin, a bright, charismatic young man who rose from his working-class upbringing to win a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, earn Ivy League college and dental degrees, and buy his family a house in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive suburbs. But behind the facade of his success was a dark secret -- at every step of the way he was building the foundation for a cocaine empire that would grow to generate over $60 million in annual sales. Award-winning journalist ...
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Doctor Dealer is the story of Larry Lavin, a bright, charismatic young man who rose from his working-class upbringing to win a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, earn Ivy League college and dental degrees, and buy his family a house in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive suburbs. But behind the facade of his success was a dark secret -- at every step of the way he was building the foundation for a cocaine empire that would grow to generate over $60 million in annual sales. Award-winning journalist Mark Bowden tells the saga of Lavin's rise and fall with the gripping, novelistic narrative style that won him international acclaim as the author of the New York Times best-seller Black Hawk Down. "Immensely readable . . . eye-popping . . . a smoothly crafted, exciting, can't-put-it-down book." -- Louisville New Voice

This is the true story of a man hooked on the powerful Yuppie ethic of raw greed and of the single-minded FBI agents who finally tracked him down.

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A most unlikely drug kingpin, Dr. Larry Lavin was a Philadelphia dentist at the time of his arrest and subsequent sentencing to a 42-year prison term. But Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Bowden has done an exceptional job of showing how family background and the yuppie culture of the '70s and '80s combined to produce one of the East Coast's biggest cocaine dealers. The son of a man who had once been well-to-do but continued to try to maintain an upper-class lifestyle on a lower-middle-class income, Lavin was a brilliant scholarship student at Phillips Exeter, but was expelled for drug use. Accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, he became the biggest marijuana dealer on campus, at a time when more than half the students, Bowden estimates, were using pot. Then came cocaine and profits ranging into the millions, with an organization that involved dozens of people. Eventually, however, Lavin's flamboyant spending led authorities to suspect him. A notable, in-depth look at a figure who, even after his apprehension, was able to rationalize his criminality on the grounds that he was only supplying a demand. (September 29)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446356695
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 352

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Dragon Pen 1: Snappers

    Snappers are in Dragon Pen 1. They are nasty things about the size of a human on all fours with eagle-like beaks and shark-like teeth (only one row, though). They have talons on all four feet and small spikes lining their spines and wings. They have a tendency to bite things, so their pen, specially made, is full of metal bars suspended by thin wires. Many of these bars have been overly chewed, bitten in half, or pulled to the ground.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

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    This was an ok read, nothing too spectacular. 

    This was an ok read, nothing too spectacular. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Henry Vinson Vinson Mortgage Heidi Fleiss Barney frank

    Great Book. Mark Bowden is an excellent author. He failed to mention Dr. Levin is the brother of Henry Vinson. Henry Vinson of Washington DC. He fails to mention Vinson Mortgage. He fails to mention American Equity Mortgage. Oh and he fails to mention Henry Vinson and Heidi Fleiss were close friends with Barney Frank. Short memory I suppose.

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  • Anonymous

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    Greed

    It amazes me how you can have so much and its never enough! This is an intresting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    Very Interesting

    This book reminded a lot of the movie Blow. This book gave you good deal about how the cocaine business runs. The author did an excellent job of telling you where the doc came from, how he got started, and how it all fell apart. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next, never wanted to put the book down. Awesome choice for anyone interested in how the drug world works

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    How things can get out of control!

    Interesting study of a man who's need to earn extra money for school led to a double life out of control which goes to show readers that selling drugs is not about just the lure of easy money but the power and sheer excitement of a lifestyle that most jobs can't offer including dentistry

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