MIKE PAPANTONIO PULLS BACK THE CURTAIN ON AMERICA'S DEADLY OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN THIS SPELLBINDING THRILLER ABOUT GREED, CORRUPTION AND THE POWER OF PERSONAL CONVICTION.
One week before his law school graduation, Jake Rutledge is shattered.Hisfraternal twin, Blake, has died of a drug overdose.When Jake returns to his hometown of Oakley, West Virginia,he discovers that his brotherwas not the only person hooked on opioid painkillers. The entire region has been ravaged by an epidemic insidiously planned and carried out by one of America’s mostpowerful pharmaceutical companies.
Still wet behind the ears, Jake is determined to seek justice for all the victims of Big Pharma’s greed. He soon learns that the drug companies’ tentacles reach far and deep. His only hope is to get Nicholas “Deke” Deketomis to help.A partner at one of the country’s most powerful law firms, Deke’s “as tough as a two-dollar steak” and well-known for his winning tactics against corporate wrongdoers. With just enough persistence, Jake coaxes Deke to see Oakley’s devastation firsthand. Overwhelmed, Deke agrees to join forces with Jake.
And that’s when the real heat begins. Death threats, bribes, unlawful property seizure schemes – all are connected to the massive distribution of both legal and illegal drugs. Everyone is impacted, from the highest levels of corporate America to corrupt local officials to their lackeys and hapless victims. The complexity of the schemes is overwhelming.
Working tirelessly, the lawyers begin to uncover the truth. Along the way, Jake falls in love with Anna Fowler, a former homecoming queen who has succumbed to the power of opioids. With his support, she weans herself off the drugs. Hope begins to bloom when suddenly, Jake disappears. As Deke undertakes a desperate search to find him, questions swirl. Has Jake abandoned Anna and his crusade? Can the case against the evildoers move forward without him? Will Oakley and its residents survive? Law and Addictionis real-life drama at its finest a book that clears away the darkness page by page, spotlighting a profound truth about our society through expert storytelling.
|Publisher:||Waterside Productions, Inc|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||17 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Mike Papantonio is a truth-teller, a crusader who uses fiction to entertain and inform his readers about some of the most pressing issues of our time. In each of his thrillers, fromLaw And Disorder toLaw And Vengeance, and nowLaw And Addiction, he lays bare the conspiracies and white-collar crimes that hurt ordinary Americans and that are rarely covered by the national media.
A senior partner ofLevin Papantonio, one of the country’s largest plaintiffs’ law firms, Papantonio uses his own cases as springboards for his novels. He has aggressively taken on Big Pharma, tobacco, weapon manufacturer, and the automobile industry, among other bastions of corporate greed.
One of the youngest inductees into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, Papantonio is also a well- known media presence as host ofAmerica’s Lawyeron the RT America television network and co-host of the syndicated radio showRing of Fire. A skilled musician and athlete, he is based in Pensacola, Florida.
What People are Saying About This
Praise for Law and Vengeance
“Fans of John Grisham and Steve Martini will welcome Papantonio’s pulse-pounding legal thriller.”
“…fast paced, high tension. The fact that the story is based on an actual case makes it all the more intriguing. If you are looking for an exciting thriller, definitely order this book!"
Mystery Suspence Reviews
"This was a book full of surprises. There is murder, deception and all kinds of crazy things happen that readers won’t see coming."
Good Men Project
"Based on a real case, Mike Papantonio delivers the goods in his carefully drawn, likable characters and a smart, well-told adventure."
"This legal drama is as good as Grisham. The ending was suspenseful and gripping. This one gets my strong recommendation”
Men Reading Books
"The story moves fast but smoothly and wraps up with a satisfying ending. I cannot wait to read more from this author."
Jenn’s Review Blog
"I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Mr. Papantonio takes the time to set his scenes, build his characters, and tell his story. It is easy to tell that he does his research and knows his stuff. I can't wait to read more of his books."
Books and Such
"Papantonio brings the climax to a satisfying conclusion in this must read for any lover of crime, mystery, thriller and suspense, political, and law and order.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Opioid addiction has become a national crisis! More cases of overdose fill the news on a weekly basis. Police regularly carry and administer Narcan for overdosing addicts. Meanwhile, as Mike Papantonio has so carefully and deftly delineated in this fictional account of reality, attempts to deal with the problem on a local and national basis continue, attempts to stem a raging flood of addiction and death. Jake Rutledge is a new lawyer who lost his twin brother to this horrifying disease. Jake and Blake had a favorite term they used with each other about having each other’s back. Now Jake is determined to carry out his promise because of his grievous loss. Having no money and no connections isn’t exactly a wild card in legally pursuing the sources and markets that are part of the mass distribution system of selling opioids. However, Jake’s got guts and high-caliber intelligence to get his search going. So he begins by suing two companies that sell massive amounts of drugs to little known small towns in and around what is known as “Zombieland.” He then connects to a highly successful lawyer with a dynamic record of experience in suing Fortune 500 companies. They begin by suing companies who have made a killing (literally and figuratively) in West Virginia and Ohio. Readers will be riveted to the course of each court phase and the wiliness of Jake and Deke, his attorney second chair, in challenging big shot attorneys. Readers, however, won’t be ready for the methods used to suppress and then shut Jake up. No spoilers here. Suffice to say, Jake meets Blake’s former girlfriend who is now addicted to Oxycontin and helps her through her gritty efforts to withdraw from her addiction. He himself is about to undergo empathic thoughts and feelings after hoodlum attempts to bribe his efforts fail. The reader also meets several characters who deal and distribute drugs, individuals who are caught innocently in the dragon net of illegality and can’t get out to survive! All in all, the reader can anticipate the ending but that’s only after brutality and other machinations have all failed to stymie Jake’s efforts. Mike Papantonio has penned a necessary legal thriller that everyone should read. The question readers are left with is “Where do we go from here?” Highly recommended contemporary fiction!
WOW! WOW! Kudos to Mike Papantonio, Author of “Law and Addiction” (A Legal Thriller) for writing such a captivating, intriguing, enthralling, suspenseful, page-turning, riveting, unpredictable and thought-provoking novel. The Genres for this novel are Legal Thriller, Suspense and Mystery and Fiction. Mike Papantonio is a well-known attorney that has helped fight major legal battles with high-powered corporations. His fictional characters and story are based on many of his court cases. The author describes his dramatic cast of characters as complex, complicated, and motivated. The time-line of the story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the cast or events . Jake Rutlege come home from graduating law school to go to the cemetery to visit his twin brother who had died from an overdose of drugs the week before. Jake notices how the town has deteriorated, and is made aware of the Opioid crisis in the area. Jake is determined, as the “little guy” to go after the people responsible for this. He partners with his former Law teacher, and another attorney to fight this. Little does Jake the dangers that await him. There is corruption in law enforcement, blackmail, kidnapping and more deaths from drug use. There are twists and turns, and ups and downs. Many things in this story are unpredictable and frightening. What is so thought-provoking is that there really is a drug problem in America!! Major corporations make a tremendous amount of money. I couldn’t put this book down. Many things seem so shocking. I would highly recommend this legal thriller for those readers who enjoy a high-packed action packed thriller that leaves you thinking. I received an ARC of this book. Edit
This novel is so much more than I was expecting. The barrage of emotions the reader goes through right along with Jake. He lost his brother, not only brother, but twin and now he is going against something even he couldn't fathom before he started. The amount of suspense and shock throughout this book amazed me. This is a thriller that deals heavily with drugs and addiction. The law aspect is well done, I'm not a lawyer, but I liked the fact that I understood that aspect of the story due to Papantoino's clear and helpful writing style. Get ready for a story filled with corruption and surprises.