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Author: Kevin Deutsch Narrator: Mirron Willis Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781455137350
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April 28, 2015, West Baltimore, Maryland: Ground Zero in America’s Opiate Wars.

In this crime-plagued section of the city, the death of Freddie Gray has triggered the worst domestic rioting since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and created a terrifying new breed of criminal entrepreneur.

Here, as looters and arsonists lay waste to already blighted parts of Baltimore, two of the city’s brightest students are helping to carry out a historic drug robbery spree—one that will flood the city with highly addictive pain pills and heroin.

The teens’ plan: to use their gang connections and computer programming skills to set up a high-tech drug delivery service and Dark Web marketplace. The result: the boys became America’s youngest drug lords, in the process sparking bloody gang warfare and a nationwide wave of addiction and murder. Now mixing in deadly circles, Brick and Wax soon found their own lives were on the line.

In this groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, Newsday criminal justice reporter Kevin Deutsch chronicles the rise of these gangland upstarts as they help steal $100 million worth of high-powered opiates and build a national narcotics empire from scratch.

As gripping and compulsive as a thriller, Pill City takes listeners into the heat of the action as Brick and Wax outwit the FBI and DEA, as gang members like Damage and Lyric live and die by their own brutal code, as the cops battle to stop the carnage, and as a high school coach risks a bullet to get addicts into rehab.

A gritty, hard-hitting story of gangland survival, Pill City will open the world’s eyes to the plague of drug-related killings rocking America and reveal the deadly cost of the Baltimore riots.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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, two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist

  • “An astonishing feat of reportage, Pill City is an almost unbelievable tale and journalist Kevin Deutsch tells it masterfully…A shocking, important book.”

    Julia Dahl, Edgar Award finalist

  • Pill City deftly touches on a range of national issues…the gritty human drama…has enough layers…to make a great movie…and a climax both violent and redemptive.””


  • “Kevin Deutsch proves himself among today’s most insightful and eloquent observers of criminal life in the United States.”

    Thomas Maier, author/producer of Showtime’s Masters of Sex

  • “In a remarkable feat of discovery, Deutsch exposes the perpetrators and victims in America’s opiate wars.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Deutsch’s analysis looks at the two young men, a mob war, and the neighborhood caught in the middle. Verdict: This story is not well known, but it should be.”

    Library Journal

  • “An important story meticulously reported.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

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, the Palm Beach Post, and the Riverdale Press. He is the author of The Triangle: A Year on the Ground with New York’s Bloods and Crips. He teaches journalism at Queens College.

About the Narrator

Mirron Willis—actor of film, stage, and television—is the winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2012 and a finalist for the Audie in 2015, as well as the winner of four AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook recordings. He has worked extensively in film and television and on stage with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, and the Ensemble Theatre, among others. He has recorded some 150 audiobooks, including the Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott and My Song by Harry Belafonte. He resides and records audiobooks on his family’s historic ranch in East Texas.