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Law and Addiction

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  43 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 Vir
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Published April 9th 2019 by Waterside Productions, Inc.
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Sherry Fundin
Mike Papantonion has done an excellent job in showing how greed and corruption can be carried to such an extreme that bodies are falling by the thousands and towns are dying because of it. Truly horrifying!

Let;s look at it through an attorney’s eye…though it is fiction, I feel Mike Papantonio shares a lot of himself in Law and Addiction.

I am not going to get on a pedestal and rant, but I do not think the media has done a good enough job of covering this epidemic that the
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 disea
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 battle
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review

This was my introduction to Papantonio and I had heard nothing but great things before picking up LAW AND ADDICTION. I’m going to start out by saying that the author’s knowledge and experience in this field is very evident. I love picking up fiction that has topics that the author is well-versed in or has worked in the field they’re writing about. That gives the book a very authentic feel. ...more
C. Gonzales
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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
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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I was interested in reading Law and Addiction because I work in a town that has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.  Every week I read the local paper purely for the police blotter.  In between the entertaining tales of some really stupid criminals there is report after report of officers treating overdoses.  I find it interesting to see how many dose of naloxone they need for each person.  The record I've seen so far is 14 doses.  (That person then woke up and refused all other medical treat
Miriam Downey
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Read my full review here: https://mimi-cyberlibrarian.blogspot....

Lots of books are advertised as “torn from today’s headlines.” But Law and Addiction actually is.

Here is the summary:
“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 ret
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
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a timely legal thriller. Our country is facing a crisis in the our communities as we deal every day with new opiod overdoses. The cost is more than we should be willing to accept.

I had some complaints about this book, but after closing it, I realized my complaints were perhaps petty, but also a good strategy to sharing the more important message of this story.

We are given a perfect hero. He has had some challenges in his life, but he is a crusader and he's smart a
William Bentrim
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Law and Addiction by Mike Papantonio
It isn’t often that you recommend a fictional novel as being important but I do so recommend this as being important. I read Dreamland last fall which was non-fiction focusing on the opioid crisis. Papantonio’s novel is a fictional book on the same crisis but based on what I have learned since reading Dreamland, this novel is thinly disguised reality. Dreamland also gave me the impetus to do some research into the pill mills.
Jake and Blake are twins. Bl
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 muc
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Recommendation: Definitely worth the read, this book does so much more than it set out to do. Sure, you have the opioid epidemic and Jake's triple personal stake in it by the end of the novel, but you have issues such as corporate oversight, corporate interference in government work, corrupt government and law enforcement officials, and then all the personal stories on top of that!

My Response: Unlike, Off the Grid , this book was worth saying yes to the publicist.* This book was engaging, a fast read, and had c/>My
Amy Christine Lesher
First, I was offered a review copy from the author's publicists.

I was able to make it to page 20 before giving up. In the beginning of the book the twin who dies of an overdose has a moment of clarity before dying of his brother returning to town and needing to get off the drugs. I have a hard time believing that you could have a moment of clarity before dying of a drug overdose.

When Jake, the lawyer, arrives in town I had several issues with his backstory. I currently have a family
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
R.K. Emery
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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 disa
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
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
Bridgett Brown
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
Jake Rutlege comes back from graduating law school and goes to the cemetery to visit his twin brother who had died from an overdose the week before. Jake notices how the town has gone down hill and of the Opioid crisis in the area. Jake wants to find the ones responsible for it and take them down. He did go to Law school. But little does Jake know the dangers that await him. Everything from corrupt cops to Blackmailing and throw in a ton more overdos
Nickie Sale
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Shelves: thriller
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.
Ever Leigh
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
From page one it moved like lightning. I read it in one day. It is a thriller that really pushes you through.

The characters are believable and you hate some and love others.

The suspense keeps you turning the pages to find out what is happening next. I recommend it to anyone that likes a thrill ride of a story.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good! Well written, interesting.

Like the title says it's about law and drug addiction, a real epidemic, a real big crisis.

A really good thriller with interesting characters, fast paced, captivating from page one. You don't want to put it down.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me access to this book. This is my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Teresa Lavender
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Won this here on goodreads. I was a bit skeptical as I have been disappointed in legal thrillers before - too much jargon, etc. Also, the cover does NOT do this story justice. Loved the book! Great story, eye-opener when it comes to big pharmaceutical companies. Looking forward to reading more by Mike Papantonio.
Cindy Boardman
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading Law and Addiction. I now understand more about a very serious and sad problem in our society. But I learned while being very involved in the lives of the characters. I just didn’t want to stop reading. I recommend this book and the others in the series! Thank you, Mike Papantonio, for another great story! Waiting for book 4! Cindy
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.
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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