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A blistering crime novel of the opioid epidemic - and its cops, villains, and victims - written by a 25-year veteran of the DEA.

Angel, Kentucky: Just another one of America's forgotten places, where opportunities vanished long ago, and the opioid crisis has reached a fever pitch. When this small town is rocked by the vicious killing of an entire infamous local crime family, the bloody aftermath brings together three people already struggling with Angel's drug epidemic: Trey, a young medic-in-training with secrets to hide; Special Agent Casey Alexander, a DEA agent who won't let the local law or small-town way of doing things stand in her way; and Paul Mayfield, a former police chief who's had to watch his own young wife succumb to addiction. 

Over the course of 24 hours, loyalties are tested, the corrupt are exposed, and the horrible truth of the largest drug operation in the region is revealed. And though Angel will never be the same again, a lucky few may still find hope.

©2020 J. Todd Scott (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Scott, a 25-year veteran of the DEA, writes with authority about the drug crisis. Don Winslow fans won’t want to miss this wrenching thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

“Scott pushes his narrative to its wild conclusion in rich, organic prose.” (Booklist

“This grim, gritty novel captures the feeling of hopelessness that the opioid epidemic brings…Well-told but raw as an open wound and not for the squeamish.” (Kirkus Reviews

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  • 12-27-20

Yet another amazing book

J. Todd Scott does it again! I’m not sure how he does it but even those this didn’t follow his first stories, he got me suckered back in! This man’s imagination to be able to right such books must be through the roof. I literally can’t wait for another book. I know this came out this year but is two in one year too much to ask? Hah!

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after the far empty trilogy, I had no idea where the author would take us next. I could not imagine anything better than the books of the far empty. But now it seems that the author is just beginning to hit his stride. and a narrator is wonderful as always.

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awesome

J TOod Smith words and T RYder Scott narration leads to an awesomest great read

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Drugs, dirty cops and the DEA!

I really enjoyed this read! The story made you feel like you were in a Justified TV series. I love the author and the narrator was great! I hope there is a second book with the same main character.