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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From the # 1 New York Times–bestselling author of Black Hawk Down: The “shocking” story of the country’s unlikeliest drug kingpin (The Baltimore Sun).
By the early 1980s, Larry Lavin seemed to have everything going for him. He was a bright, charismatic young man who rose from working-class upbringings in a Massachusetts mill town to become a dentist with an Ivy League education and a thriving practice—a beloved father with a well-respected family in one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive suburbs.
But behind the façade of his success was a dark secret: Lavin was also the mastermind behind a cocaine empire that spread from Miami to Boston to New Mexico, catering to lawyers, stockbrokers, and other professionals, and generating an annual income of $60 million for the good doctor.
Now, Mark Bowden, a “master of narrative journalism” (The New York Times Book Review) tells the harrowing saga of Lavin’s rise and fall in “a shocking American tragedy . . . [that] shoots straight from the hip” (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).
“An engrossing crime story and a compelling morality tale.” —The Arizona Republic
“Has all the elements of a chilling suspense thriller . . . A smoothly crafted, exciting, can’t-put-it-down book.” —The New Voice (Louisville)
“Bowden has emerged as one of our best writers of muscular nonfiction.” —The Denver Post

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User Review  - loraineo - LibraryThing

Well written, lots of detail about Larry Lavin. He begins dealing drugs in dental school and this eventually becomes a multi million dollar business. He and his wife seem to enable each other.. love the excitement, love the money.. Read full review

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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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Virginia Beach
Strike One Strike Two
From Nothing to Zoom
Less Risk More Exposure
Why Carry an Elephant?
Never Carry Cash
Batten Down the Hatches
Maybe Youll See Smoke
Well Be Back
Lets Get Out of Here
Time for a Vacation
An Idyll
Does This Have Something to Do With Larry?
Federal Courthouse Philadelphia

Itll Just Be a Tax Case

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Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware. His most recent book is Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam.

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