Law and Disorder
Author: Mike Papantonio
I believe this is a debut novel for Mike Papantonio – although it reads like a polished, fast paced thriller; a well and thickly plotted thriller.
Attorney Nick Deketomis – Deke to all who know him – is a famous and successful mass tort lawyer; he fights big corporations for the people who suffer from corporate greed and abuse as well as for the environment. Deke’s present client, Annica Moore, has just died in the courtroom as he holds her in his arms. The huge pharmaceutical company that has killed her is called Bekmeyer. Bekmeyer has a product on the market that kills. Bekmeyer’s Ranidol has been produced as a birth control pill, but the corporation has allowed it to be advertised and pushed for weight loss and as a cure for acne. But women are dying from the drug’s lethal side effects. When Deke’s own daughter, Cara, is hospitalized with a serious heart impairment caused by Ranidol, Deke’s team knows that they will fight hard to pull Ranidol off the market and off the shelves. While he fights Ranidol and Bekmeyer in court, Deke simultaneously takes on a case against the huge oil company, S.I. Oil, whose runoff has polluted an area in Texas with all kinds of carcinogens and has produced a cluster of cancer victims who are fighting for their lives. Deke has proof that the company has known about the pollution for a long time and simply doesn’t care whom it kills in order to maintain its profits. Deke is going to court to shut the plant down.
And in the midst of these two giant cases, Deke’s life itself is threatened when he is setup for murder by politicians and a clergyman in his own town that are in S.I. Oil’s pockets.
As Deke reveals his passions, his love of his family, and a courageous heart, his courtroom brilliance and his team of lawyers show what really occurs in the fight against Big Pharm and Big Corporate Business in the courtroom. Fast and factual, Law and Disorder hits the chord as Mike Papantonio ramps up the action and tears through the courtroom with passion and thrust.
This novel is one of those not put downables that crime readers adore, pulsing with action and presenting a protagonist that we love. As Nick Deketomis wraps us around his little finger and leaves us panting for more, we sit at the edge and cannot wait for the next novel in what we hope is a series. Love the action, the characters and the plot – this is the real deal!
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
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