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Pill City


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For fans of The Wire, the compulsive true story of two teenagers who create a narcotics empire from scratch - with terrifying results.

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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning criminal justice writer for Newsday and previously worked on the staff of the New York Daily News, The Miami Herald,and The Palm Beach Post. He is the author of The Triangle: A Year on the Ground with New York's Bloods and Crips. He is an adjunct professor of journalism at Queens College and Hofstra University. He lives in New York City.


America's urban crisis has never been more alive, more shocking, than in Pill City. Reminiscent of HBO's The Wire, Kevin Deutsch's stunning investigation show how a $100 million fortune in opiates - heroin and pills - was stolen during the 2015 Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray and then spread and sold illegally across the nation,compounding one tragedy with another. With this harrowing account from the encrypted Dark Web and our bloody streets, Kevin Deutsch proves himself among today's most insightful and eloquent observers of criminal life in the United States. -- Thomas Maier, author and producer of Showtime's Masters of Sex
An astonishing feat of reportage, Pill City is an almost unbelievable tale and journalist Kevin Deutsch tells it masterfully. His unflinching look at the choices two brilliant young men from Baltimore make in search of their American Dream goes behind the headlines and illuminates the heartbreaking complexity of today's opioid epidemic. A shocking, important book. -- Julia Dahl, author of Invisible City and 2015 Edgar Award finalist
Pill City is in the best tradition of true-crime writing. It belongs on your shelf next to the books of David Simon and Sebastian Junger. -- Michael LaForgia, Tampa Bay Times, investigative reporter, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting

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