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Publisher's Summary

April 28, 2015, West Baltimore, Maryland: ground zero in America's Opiate Wars.

In this crime-plagued section of the city, the death of Freddie Gray has triggered the worst domestic rioting since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and created a terrifying new breed of criminal entrepreneur.

Here, as looters and arsonists lay waste to already blighted parts of Baltimore, two of the city's brightest students are helping to carry out a historic drug robbery spree - one that will flood the city with highly addictive pain pills and heroin. The teens' plan: to use their gang connections and computer programming skills to set up a high-tech drug delivery service and Dark Web marketplace. The result: the boys became America's youngest drug lords, in the process sparking bloody gang warfare and a nationwide wave of addiction and murder. Now mixing in deadly circles, Brick and Wax soon found their own lives were on the line.

In this groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, Newsday criminal justice reporter Kevin Deutsch chronicles the rise of these gangland upstarts as they help steal $100 million worth of high-powered opiates and build a national narcotics empire from scratch.

As gripping and compulsive as a thriller, Pill City takes listeners into the heat of the action as Brick and Wax outwit the FBI and DEA, as gang members like Damage and Lyric live and die by their own brutal code, as the cops battle to stop the carnage, and as a high school coach risks a bullet to get addicts into rehab. A gritty, hard-hitting story of gangland survival, Pill City will open the world's eyes to the plague of drug-related killings rocking America and reveal the deadly cost of the Baltimore riots.

©2017 Kevin Deutsch (P)2017 Blackstone Audio

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Fiction

This book has me thinking it was real. After doing some research I found this book did not provide any resources or real law enforcement officials. Which makes it fiction.

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Fake

It appears that this book is a work of fiction. When I attempted to confirm some of the stories I came across concerns that nobody can confirm the stories. In addition, the detailed descriptions of conversations (with exact quotes) is suspicious.

I believe very little of this book.

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Don't waste your credit

Very disappointing and was like listening to a robotic textbook. There wasn't even much of a story, more of a lecture.
Don't waste your money, credit, or time.

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Incredible book

What made the experience of listening to Pill City the most enjoyable?

The quality of the research that went into this book was incredible -- we need more in-depth journalism like this.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pill City?

I can't say because I don't want to post spoilers. But it involves a gas station.

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not interested

I really thought it was kind of boring and I could not get into the book it did not impress me and I could not get interested in it

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So well told, it's hard to believe it's real.

Excellent storytelling of a story that needs to be told. Great character development and storyline kept me interested the whole time. This is real stuff happening to real people.

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Excellent book for those interested in the Nations Opiate crisis

This book offers insight into the opiate drug world that includes prescription opiates and illegal opiate drugs. While extremely graphic, this book mirrors the reality. I was shocked by the devastation this book describes, all caused by opiate addiction.

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Narrator ruined this book for me.

I made it through the beginning of chapter 5 before giving up in frustration.
The narrator ruined this book for me. He spoke with such staccato, interrupted by unnecessary and distracting pauses, that following the narrative arc was too burdensome.
I don't mind struggling with a book's concepts or stances that differ from mine, but when the narrator is the primary obstacle to enjoying a book, it's time to throw in the towel.

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Just started this....

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narrator is really not good. At time he sounds robotic. Its hard to get passed. I started to warm up but this book started with a glossary of people and drug street names. Problem is you can't really go back to referencing it and on top of it when those drugs are referenced just a short time later the author writes "illicit drugs" What? Didn't you just tell us what they were. Anyway perhaps my opinion will change as this goes on but so far fairly unimpressed. Being from this area I thought I would really be in the story but its a bit story telling and a bit factual.

Would you recommend Pill City to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe - Im just a little bit in to it and looking forward to seeing how it turns out. Might be a better book to read than listen to.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mirron Willis?

Anyone.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes - actually if made in to a movie I think it might prove to be good!

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Excellent telling

Sad story, sad that this is going on right under the nose of most citizens. This story is more accurate in describing the “opiate crisis” we are hearing about in the United States right now. This story needs to be heard by the masses so that people will be making educated decisions instead of lashing out at Pain Management patients, who are not the problem. People will respond if they understand the problem. Just like the smoking commercials of the 80s, they did and continue to have an impact. Dumping this in the laps of pain management specialists and their patients only causes more and more suicides as I’m reading every day, they don’t feel like they have a choice. When their pain medicine is taken away for an epidemic that they didn’t cause or create. . From cancer patients to chronic pain patients, it’s becoming more and more commonplace.