BOOK REVIEW (ARC) ~ Doctor Dealer

Doctor Dealer: A doctor high on greed, a biker gang high on opioids, and the woman who paid the ultimate price


Synopsis:
Dr. James Kauffman and his wife, April, were the perfect couple: a respected endocrinologist and a beautiful radio host. But under the surface lurked a world of drugs, sex, and biker gangs. A world Dr. Kauffman would kill to keep secret.

In May 2012, April Kauffman, a well-known local radio personality and staunch advocate of military veterans rights, was found shot to death in the bedroom of the home she shared with her husband, Dr. James Kauffman.

Six years later, in the fall of 2018, Freddy Augello, a leader of the notorious motorcycle gang the Pagans, went on trial for drug dealing and murder. He was charged with arranging the death of April Kauffman in exchange for $50,000 from her husband, who, in addition to practicing medicine, was one of the area’s most prolific drug traffickers.

Told by two accomplished reporters and authors with exclusive insights and details provided by two principal players, this is the story about one man’s descent into evil and the people he took with him. It’s a story about a doctor who helped flood the streets with opioids, about a husband who hid dark secrets from his wives, and about a man so consumed with greed and arrogance that he thought he could get away with murder.


My thoughts: This story seemed vaguely familiar as I read it, it felt as if I’ve read it before by another author or perhaps seen it on a true crime show. It’s quite a shocking story to read, for sure. I read it straight through, which I have not been able to do much of lately, so that says a lot. It really held my interest, I stayed up all night reading it. I guess I just had to see how it came out. If you like true crime, with bikers and a drug dealing doctor who wants to knock off his wife when she becomes a problem for him, check this one out. I’ve read several of Anastasia’s books now, and like them more aIl the time. Advanced electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, authors George Anastasia & Ralph Cipriano, and the publisher.


doctordealer


Publisher: Berkley – 304 pages
Publication: Sep 8th, 2020
My rating: 4/5 Stars


 

The Authors– George Anastasia was the mob writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer for years and is the author of six books on true crime. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards and has worked on and been featured in a number of television documentaries, the most recent being a four-part series for the History Channel titled Kingpin that profiled the lives of John Gotti, James “Whitey” Bulger, Pablo Escobar, and Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.

Ralph Cipriano is an award-winning veteran muckraking reporter who has exposed corruption in city and county governments, the Philadelphia D.A.’s office, local police departments, Ivy League football programs, and the Catholic Church. He’s the author of three books: Courtroom Cowboy, The Hit Man, and Target. His book on former mob hit man turned government witness John Veasey was the basis for a 60 Minutes profile of Veasey in 2013.


BOOK REVIEW – Hell in the Heartland

Hell in the Heartland:   Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls


The Description:
“There is, in the best of us, a search for the truth, to serve the living and dead alike…Jax Miller is one of those people and Hell in the Heartland is one of those books.”—Robert Graysmith, New York Times bestselling author of Zodiac.

S-Town meets I’ll Be Gone in the Dark in this stranger-than-fiction cold case from rural Oklahoma that has stumped authorities for two decades, concerning the disappearance of two teenage girls and the much larger mystery of murder, possible police cover-up, and an unimaginable truth…

On December 30, 1999, in rural Oklahoma, sixteen-year-old Ashley Freeman and her best friend, Lauria Bible, were having a sleepover. The next morning, the Freeman family trailer was in flames and both girls were missing .

While rumors of drug debts, revenge, and police corruption abounded in the years that followed, the case remained unsolved and the girls were never found.

In 2015, crime writer Jax Miller–who had been haunted by the case–decided to travel to Oklahoma to find out what really happened on that winter night in 1999, and why the story was still simmering more than fifteen years later. What she found was more than she could have ever bargained for: evidence of jaw-dropping levels of police negligence, entire communities ravaged by methamphetamine addiction, and a series of interconnected murders with an ominously familiar pattern.

These forgotten towns were wild, lawless, and home to some very dark secrets.


 

My thoughts– I felt something familiar as I read this book, following along as the tension was building. It seemed like I’d heard of some of the main victims before, but I needn’t have worried, the story was totally new to me. It was a horrific story indeed, and one that kept me involved, reading as various agencies and the author investigated over the years, trying to find out for certain who had committed the awful crimes. The mother of the young lady who was staying over on the night the crimes happened, Mrs. Lorene Bible, kept the momentum moving forward on the case whenever law enforcement would lose interest or lack in leads. There was plenty of push back too, as several in the case received threats of all kinds if they didn’t quit looking into the case and go away, including the author plenty of times. This is one nasty true crime case with bizarre elements to it making it very cruel and taking a long time tormenting the families. Advanced electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Jax Miller, and the publisher.


 

HellHeartland


Publisher: Berkley – 336 pages
Publication: July 28th, 2020
My rating: 4/5 Stars


 

The Author– Jax Miller is an American author. While hitchhiking across America in her twenties, she wrote her first novel, Freedom’s Child, for which she won the 2016 Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle and earned several CWA Dagger nominations. She has received acclaim from the New York Times, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and many more. She now works in the true-crime genre, having penned her much-anticipated book and acting as creator, host, and executive producer on the true-crime documentary series Hell in the Heartland on CNN’s HLN network. Jax is a lover of film and music, and has a passion for rock ‘n’ roll and writing screenplays.