Firstly I wish to thank Michelle Fitzgerald of FSB Associates for inviting me to read and review Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio
One week before his law school graduation, Jake Rutledge is shattered. His fraternal twin, Blake, has died of a drug overdose. When Jake returns to his hometown of Oakley, West Virginia, he discovers that his brother was 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 most powerful 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 Addiction is 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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Before I read this book I checked the author out. Mike Papantonio is one of the good guys that make a difference as he battles the big ‘untouchable’ companies through the courts that put profit before people. I instantly liked this man and as I read his book I knew why he is so darn good at his job. He knows how to connect with ordinary people. This is his third book, my first, and he has gained another follower in me.
The main characters that he writes about have a warmth about them that is instantly likeable. Jake is like that, one week before he graduates as a lawyer he is called home because his twin Blake had died of an overdose. From the first meeting with Jake, it was like I could feel that a part of him was missing and he would never be the same again. While he has been away his home town had succumbed to the quick fix doctor prescriptions of wonder pills that cured all ailments. Within months people were hooked on them. The death toll from overdoses across all the states hit a record high and was still climbing while the pharmaceutical companies produced more. Jake was determined to make them take responsibility.
The story has heart, it has courage and danger, everything a good fiction story needs. Besides Jake, one of my favourite characters has to be Deke. Deke was a top-notch lawyer that Jake inspired to be like. Clever, witty and successful, he had fought and won huge lawsuits against the giants that used people like fodder to feed their bank balances.
A brilliant storyline that gets a point across in a way people will remember. Highly recommended.
I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE 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, from Law And Disorder to Law And Vengeance, and now Law 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 of Levin 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 of America’s Lawyer on the RT America television network and co-host of the syndicated radio show Ring of Fire. A skilled musician and athlete, he is based in Pensacola, Florida.