Law and Addiction

Narrated by: Gary Elliot
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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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 takes a hard look at the circumstances of his brother's death. In the five years Jake has been away for his schooling, his hometown has drastically changed. Because of the opioid epidemic and the blight it has brought, many now call Oakley "Zombieland". Jake can see how his town's demise parallels his brother's.

Undeterred, the newly minted lawyer takes on the entrenched powers by filing two lawsuits. Jake quickly learns what happens when you upset a hornet's nest. The young attorney might be wet behind the ears, but he is sure there is no lawyer that could help him more than Nick "Deke" Deketomis and his law firm of Bergman/Deketomis. Deke is a legendary lawyer. When he was Jake's age he was making his name fighting Big Tobacco. Against all odds, Jake gets Nick and his firm to sign on to his case before it's too late.

©2019 Mike Papantonio (P)2019 Waterside Productions, Inc.

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A pleasant surprise!

I had never heard of this author but decided to give this legal thriller a try. The novel is excellent. Narration is a bit slow but the Audible app resolved that.

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I appreciate the dramatization of this important issue...

...and forgive the less than professional quality of the narration. (George Guidell is hard to beat.) I’m just glad it was published. It helps to convey the tragedy of the drug epidemic. I learned a lot.

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All lawyers are not by definition against the population

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There was a blurb about the author at the start of the book, and he is really impressive! Like _Law and Vengeance_, this was an interesting view of lawyers and lawyer life not specifically related to money and power. Again, it's encouraging to think that some lawyers are actually WITH the population, NOT corrupted by and with the corporations! Reading another one in the series was not essential to the story, but it's comforting to know that some of the characters are continual. And the character development is realistic and fitting, although I'm sure that most big corporation folk are not in agreement.

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Preachy

Way too much preaching and not enough story. Also the narrator read as if there were no breaks at all, it was jarring when suddenly the scene changed and he just ran on.

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Enjoyable suspense novel.

Really enjoyed this and it kept my undivided attention the whole time. I also liked that it opened my eyes to more specifics on how bad the opioid epidemic has gotten and helped me better understand its effect on communities and individuals. I hope more people get to listen to this.