Doctor Dealer: The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - True Crime - 352 pages
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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. "Immensely readable . . . eye-popping . . . a smoothly crafted, exciting, can't-put-it-down book." -- Louisville New Voice
 

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User Review  - slug9000 - LibraryThing

Mark Bowden is among my favorite authors, and I really enjoyed this book. Bowden tells the story of Larry Lavin, a student-turned-drug dealer-turned dentist-turned fugitive. Bowden portrays Lavin in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

This was Bowden's first novel before Blackhawk Down and Killing Pablo. It tells the story of Larry Lavin a dental student in Philadelphia who starts off dealing pot and eventually builds it into a ... Read full review

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Contents

Virginia Beach
Strike One Strike Two
1
From Nothing to Zoom
20
Less Risk More Exposure
40
Why Carry an Elephant?
66
Never Carry Cash
90
Batten Down the Hatches
117
Maybe Youll See Smoke
146
Well Be Back
205
Lets Get Out of Here
229
Time for a Vacation
262
An Idyll
281
Does This Have Something to Do With Larry?
309
Federal Courthouse Philadelphia
325
Afterword
330
Copyright

Itll Just Be a Tax Case
180

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Mark Bowden has been a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-one years and has won many national awards for his writing. He is the author of "Black Hawk Down," "Bringing the Heat," "Doctor Dealer", "Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw." and, most recently, The Finish: "The Killing of Osama bin Laden". Bowden has also written for Talk, Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and Playboy, among others. The original series of articles which became "Black Hawk Down" earned him the Overseas Press Club's Hal Boyle Award, and made him a finalist for the NBA in nonfiction.

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