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

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

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by Mark Bowden
     
 

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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

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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

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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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ISBN-13:
9780446513821
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/1987
Pages:
331

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Doctor Dealer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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CATHERINE ASSALONE More than 1 year ago
It amazes me how you can have so much and its never enough! This is an intresting read.
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This was an ok read, nothing too spectacular. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.