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

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


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446356695
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/1989
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 352

About the Author

MARK BOWDEN is the author of seven books, including The Best Game Ever, Bringing the Heat, Killing Pablo, and Guests of the Ayatollah. He reported at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and other magazines. He lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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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.