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Law and Addiction

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  22 reviews
One week before Jake Rutledge is scheduled to graduate from law school, he receives the devastating news of the death of his fraternal twin, Blake. What makes this death even more terrible for Jake is that his brother died of a drug overdose. Until hearing of his death, Jake had no idea his brother was even using drugs.

When Jake returns home to Oakley, West Virginia, he ta
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Published April 9th 2019 by Waterside Productions, Inc.
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Viviane Crystal
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Zagon
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Law and Addiction” by Mike Papantoino, Waterside Productions, April 2019.

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-
C. Gonzales
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sometimes I get to a point where I feel bogged down in a certain genre and need a change. That is when a Suspense/Mystery/Thriller is always my go-to. I feel like they make me think and help get my mind off of things more than any other genre.

What would you do if someone who was your other half dies and the circumstances surrounding their death just don't make sense?

There is a great balance between the characters, their life, and the suspense/thriller aspect. I loved being about to understand J
Daniel Casey
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Law and Addiction will not only satisfy readers who devour thrillers but also stand as a testament to how to challenge and rollback the opioid epidemic still facing the nation.

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Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Law and Addiction is classified as a legal thriller. I wouldn’t categorize it as a thriller, at least not in the way that most people would expect. What the book does contain is this — a lawyer takes on opioid distributers to try to make them accountable for the devastations that opioids have caused throughout America, including his twin brother’s overdose related death. These large companies have purposely flooded small towns with a vast supply of drugs, all while knowing how addicting they are ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The opioid crisis has been on the nation’s radar in the last several years, and Mike Papantonio, a longtime and prolific trial attorney as well as author of his third novel, Law and Addiction, takes on the escalating diverted prescription drug problem in fiction form with a well-researched, well-documented, and entertaining thriller.

Newly graduated attorney Jake Rutledge loses his twin brother to an opioid overdose. When Jake returns to their small West Virginia hometown, he’s surprised by how e
David Baird
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Rutledge is about to have his world turned upside down. As a youngster growing up Jake and his twin brother Blake were close but when Jake goes off to law school Blake starts to hide the truth from his brother.

After the heart breaking news that Blake has died of a drug overdose Jake returns to his home town.

Soon a picture starts to form… it’s not just Blake who has suffered thanks to drugs..It seems like his home town is struggling to win a win’s so much bigger than Jake first
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio will draw you in and hold your attention till the very last page. The story is centered around Jake Rutledge, a very persistent young attorney who won’t let anything stand in his way of obtaining justice for the death of his twin brother. Along the way Jake teams up with a powerful plaintiff attorney who helps him navigate the complex web of corporate corruption. With each turn of the page, the dynamic duo uncovers the evidence needed to build their case and ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This well researched novel provides insights into the scope and nature of the opioid crisis in America. By weaving the details into a well written novel, the author takes readers behind the statistics and media hype to the people and communities who are most affected – real people, the addicts and their families. Even “good guys” can get hooked, sometimes through no fault of their own. You are quickly drawn into the story and held captive, wanting to see how things play out – both within the co ...more
Jessica Hoopingarner
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author goes 3/3 with another great read here. The first few chapters will have your attention grabbed and invested in the outcome and story of the main characters. I won't spoil anything but the author does a great job of making the reader feel like they are a part of the story and even might find themselves with a bit of nervous excitement as the newby attorney faces his first big test in front of the judge.

If I were to be critical, the only downside to this book is there isn't a grand con
Lovely Loveday
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio is a captivating, suspenseful. a page-turner that is unpredictable and thought-provoking. A novel that is perfect for fans of mystery suspense thrillers with its twists and turns ups and downs and things that are unpredictable and frightening. Once I started reading I could not put down. The characters are well-developed with intriguing backstories that help to tell the story. Papantonio is a remarkable writer that draws you in and holds your attention until ...more
Bailey Ember
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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That synopsis completely drew me in. I knew I wanted to read this novel and had high hopes for the story and writing.

The premise is unique, which made me excited to read it just from the synopsis. This is one of those stories that will start off with a bang and not let up until the very last page.

The plot was very well paced and while some parts were easy to predict, there were also plenty of surprises along the way and ultimately it led to a great read overall.

You will not be disappointed by
Carol Moore
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mike Papantonio captures the heart of the Opioid crisis in America with this thrilling and heartbreaking story. His characters become real as you follow their path through Opioid addiction and the symptoms of withdrawal. Papantonio has shined the light on big pharma and their marketing dollars spent on pushing this drug into society. As one reads the story, you think about your family, friends and neighbors and what if they are unknowingly the next addict. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed ...more
Nickie Sale
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I did enjoy this book. The storyline is based around the current opioid addiction crisis and Jake, a newly qualified lawyer who's brother dies from this "disease". Little does he realise just how widespread this disease has become, or how easy it is for people to succumb to. The very nature of this disease and it's effects on people from family and friends right up to law enforcement, is exposed and it's brutality is brought to the fore. I would have preferred that the story carried on further a ...more
Pat Eroh
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am new to this author but I will need to keep watch and read more by him. I work with the children of people addicted to opioids. It is easy to blame those who take the drugs for their poor decision and the effect it has on their children and those who care about them. I love the work this author does and I love this fictional account. It is a great and thought-provoking read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Samantha Turley
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is a very character driven novel and I love the fact that Papantonio gives us both characters to root for and dislike.

My favorite part of this novel was the fact that along the way you don't know what is going to come next. There were many surprises and the way that the author was able to keep the pacing just right really helps everything flow naturally.

There is a darker element to the novel that I loved. I also really enjoyed the authenticity of the crime element.
Annette Bray
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book! Very easy to read and so hard to put down. This book explores a topic so current in our country right now that so needs to be addressed. Mr. Papantonio's fictional novels have gotten better with each book in the series. Looking forward to Deke's next case.
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Listened to audiobook - actual rating 3.5/5 ⭐ This is a strict legal procedural. It deals with a very real topic that is currently plaguing our country. It was a bit too “by the book” law novel but still a decent read. ...more
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I literally could not put this novel down! What a gripping, fictional spin on our nation’s opioid crisis. This is a must-read!
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Mr. Papantonio! Fast paced and informative, it is so interesting to hear a story like this told from this perspective. Absolutely recommend!
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a difficult time finding a place to pause reading this book. One more chapter, one more chapter. I connected quickly with the characters and became more interested in the plot with every page. But after having also read Law and Disorder and Law and Vengeance, this came as no surprise to me. Mike Papantonio uses his knowledge, experience, ideas (and wit where appropriate) as a leading American trial attorney to increase awareness about real life legal matters that have seriously impacted th ...more
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Mike Papantonio is a senior partner of Levin Papantonio, one of the largest plaintiffs’ law firms in America, that has handled thousands of cases throughout the nation involving pharmaceutical drug litigation, Florida tobacco litigation, litigation for asbestos-related health damage, securities fraud actions, and other mass tort cases. “Pap” has received dozens of multimillion dollar verdicts on b ...more