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.”