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* Finalist for the Edgar(R) Award in Best Fact Crime * New York Post, "The Post's Favorite Books of 2015" * Suspense Magazine's "Best True Crime Books of 2015" * Gold Medal Winner for Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year in True Crime * Publishers Weekly, Big Indie Book of Fall 2015
The rise and fall of the nation's largest painkiller distribution ring, "American Pain," a mega-clinic that served as a prototype for the rest. Pill mills have spread across the country, but this is where it started. It's a gritty story of lax regulations, conflicts of interest, and good ol' fashioned greed. With an eccentric cast of real characters, bizarre events, and a setting that runs from Kentucky to Florida, it's also a stranger-than-fiction Southern Gothic tale.
About the Author
John Temple is a professor of journalism at West Virginia University and the author of Deadhouse and The Last Lawyer, the latter of which won the Scribes Award given by the Society of Legal Writers. C-SPAN, the Washington Post, Raleigh News and Observer, and many other media outlets have covered him and his work, and before teaching he worked in newspapers for six years at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Greensboro News and Record, and the Tampa Tribune. Temple lives with his wife and two sons in Morgantown, West Virginia.