Doctor Dealer is the story of Larry Lavin, a bright, charismatic young man who rose from his working-class upbringing to win a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, earn Ivy League college and dental degrees, and buy his family a house in one of Philadelphia's most exclusive suburbs. But behind the facade of his success was a dark secret - at every step of the way he was building the foundation for a cocaine empire that would grow to generate over $60 million in annual sales. Award-winning journalist Mark Bowden tells the saga of Lavin's rise and fall with the gripping, novelistic narrative style that won him international acclaim as the author of the New York Times best-seller Black Hawk Down.
©1987 Mark Bowden. Afterword copyright 2001 by Mark Bowden. Recorded by arrangement with Grove/Atlantic, Inc. (P)2013 Audible Inc.
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't.
I guess as a work of journalism, maybe there's something to be said for it. And there are some interesting details about the cocaine business. But, honestly, I struggle to see the value of (e.g.) the exhaustive detailing of how Dr. Lavin's wife locked her keys in her car on the day he was arrested. It's just waaaaaaaaaaaay too much detail. All the interesting stuff in this book could have fit in a long magazine article.
If you're looking for an entertaining story, I'd say look elsewhere. If for whatever reason Dr. Lavin is someone you're just dying to know more about, I'd say get the print version. The narration was agonizing. Sorry, narrator guy, but it was. I almost never fail to finish an audiobook, but this one was a real struggle.
Unfortunately I was fooled into thinking this was some unknown underground big wig with an extremely interesting life. All I found out about was a pretty low level drug dealer that basically spent the whole book making it seem like he wasn't a bad guy. Not very interesting at all.
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