A most unlikely drug kingpin, Dr. Larry Lavin was a Philadelphia dentist at the time of his arrest and subsequent sentencing to a 42-year prison term. But Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Bowden has done an exceptional job of showing how family background and the yuppie culture of the '70s and '80s combined to produce one of the East Coast's biggest cocaine dealers. The son of a man who had once been well-to-do but continued to try to maintain an upper-class lifestyle on a lower-middle-class income, Lavin was a brilliant scholarship student at Phillips Exeter, but was expelled for drug use. Accepted to the University of Pennsylvania, he became the biggest marijuana dealer on campus, at a time when more than half the students, Bowden estimates, were using pot. Then came cocaine and profits ranging into the millions, with an organization that involved dozens of people. Eventually, however, Lavin's flamboyant spending led authorities to suspect him. A notable, in-depth look at a figure who, even after his apprehension, was able to rationalize his criminality on the grounds that he was only supplying a demand.
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Well researched but Bowden wanted to include everything he knew, so it tends to become tedious.Published 11 days ago by James Barstow
Not a bad book but no sooner than I started reading, realized I had read years ago.Published 1 month ago by PHILLIP S BOWLING
I remember reading an excerpt of this story on readers digest when I was a kid, and it has always stuck with me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Silverback
Very interesting inside look at a huge illicit business. Great story told in a very engaging way. Great view of a huge drug dealer who seems to be the boy next door.Published 2 months ago by Jay Mims