Mike Papantonio

Mike Papantonio is a truth-teller, a crusader who uses fiction to entertain and inform his readers about some of the most pressing issues of our time. In each of his thrillers, from Law And Disorder to Law And Vengeance, to Law And Addiction and now Inhuman Trafficking, he lays bare the conspiracies and white-collar crimes that hurt ordinary Americans — and that are rarely covered by the national media.

A senior partner of Levin Papantonio, one of the country’s largest plaintiffs’ law firms, Papantonio uses his own cases as springboards for his novels. He has aggressively taken on Big Pharma, tobacco, weapons manufacturers, and the automobile industry, among other bastions of corporate greed.

One of the youngest inductees into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, Papantonio is also a well-known media presence as host of America’s Lawyer on the RT America television network and co-host of the syndicated radio show Ring of Fire. A skilled musician and athlete, he is based in Pensacola, Florida.

LEGAL THRILLERS

Inhuman Trafficking

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Law And Addiction

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Law And Vengeancelaw and vengeance

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Law And Disorderlaw and disorder book

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A fast-paced thriller in the tradition of John Grisham, Joseph Finder, and John Lescroart

Inhuman Trafficking

For Nick “Deke” Deketomis, going where angels fear to tread in waging legal battles has long been a way of life. As managing partner for one of the nation’s largest plaintiffs’ law firms, Deke has gone toe to toe with some of the largest corporations in the world. His firm specializes in the tough, even quixotic, cases that few lawyers would dare to take on. Like human trafficking.

What People Say About Mike Papantonio’s Books

A fast-paced legal thriller with hard-hitting conflict

As someone who has previously tackled the subject matter, I can say that Inhuman Trafficking is on the nose with its realism and at times disturbing depiction of a serious problem in the USA and other countries. Authors Papantonio and Russell deliver a fast-paced legal thriller with hard-hitting conflict—sometimes 'Bondian' action!—that introduces an engaging team of protagonists and an equally despicable group of baddies.
Raymond Benson
Author of In the Hush of the Night and Blues in the Dark

Well-crafted and suspenseful

In this well-crafted and suspenseful legal thriller, the reader will witness how innocent victims are manipulated by the criminal world of human trafficking and the atrocities they must endure.
Stephen W. Frey
Author of The Chairman and Trust Fund

A propulsive legal thriller

A propulsive legal thriller fueled by the righteous indignation of a legal team fighting against one of the darkest scourges of modern society: the invisible epidemic of sex trafficking and sexual slavery. Through Machiavellian courtroom maneuvering, undercover investigation, and military-style interventions fraught with personal danger, trial attorney Nick 'Deke' Deketomis and his team of life-scarred legal heroes put everything on the line.
William L. Myers, Jr.
Trial attorney and author of the bestselling Philadelphia Legal Series

This was definitely a page-turner

Reading this book made the opioid epidemic very clear and real, but it was also an entertaining work of fiction.
Books I Think You Should Read

This was definitely a page-turner

Mike Papantonio writes though provoking legal thrillers with depth and credibility…Law and Addiction takes on the opioid crisis and will make your blood boil.
BookLoons

Law and Addiction is compelling

This book was engaging, a fast read, and had characters that were written well and believably realistic from the newly minted idealist lawyer Jake Rutledge to the West Virginia county chief prosecutor Eva Whistler, all of these characters felt real.
The Oddness Of Moving Things

Mike Papantonio fights the good fight every day against these corporate distributors

Mike Papantonio has a phenomenal career background. He has the guts to take on the powerful industry giants to help the little guys in the quest for what is right. Be ready to be impressed. In his books, Mike Papantonio lays out some real chills which mirror current times, using his cases as a foundation. In Law and Addiction, he does not disappoint. It reels you in from page one (1), which is a big deal for me and my book worm addiction.
Momma Fargo

What Papantonio does very well in this novel is to shine a light and humanize the opioid crisis

As readers, we get to see the desolation and heartache the influx of drugs have caused. We get a taste of addicts, people in recovery, drug mules, and people who take advantage of the situation financially. The author is clearly well-versed in this type of law and in this growing crisis. This is a book people should read to help understand why the opioid crisis is not going away and why each of us should care.
Kate’s Book Blog

I was struck by how emotional this book made me feel

It did a great job demonstrating the horrific opioid epidemic as well as creating empathy for the individuals struggling with and/or trying to overcome an addiction. Overall this was a well-researched, timely release about a young lawyer’s fight against an epidemic that has taken the U.S. by storm.
Shih Tzus And Book Reviews

It isn't often that you recommend a fictional novel as being important but I do so recommend this as being important

Papantonio presents much of the factual information found in Dreamland but in a fictional manner that his bound to capture more readers. Novels sell better than history books and Papantonio makes it easy to learn about the crisis. As a former counselor who had some real-life experience with drug abuse, I did not see a single thing in this book that wasn’t accurate, frighteningly accurate.
William Bentrim
Author

Papantonio brings awareness to Big Pharma's tactics, and the risks involved when challenging the bigger fish in the pond

This timely story provides insight into the ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States. Using entertainment to educate the reader about the high-level class action lawsuits currently pending against the opioid industry, Papantonio brings awareness to Big Pharma’s tactics, and the risks involved when challenging the bigger fish in the pond. This is a perfect novel to put on your summer must-read list.
Paul Jess
Executive Director Florida Justice Association

Excellent mix of thriller, law, corporate greed, and drug addiction epidemic

Excellent mix of thriller, law, corporate greed, and drug addiction epidemic. The timeliness adds to the tension of the excellent writing and authentic characters.
Netgalley Reviews

Mr. Papantonio uses his real life cases as springboards for his novels

“Law and Addiction” is a must-read and recommended for fans of smart legal thrillers, but it also has elements of suspense and mystery with some politics mixed in to appeal to most readers. Since Mr. Papantonio uses his real life cases as springboards for his novels, readers can surely look forward to more in this exciting series.
SA Examiner

He does so many things but clearly he does them all well

Mike Papantonio has written a number of legal thrillers and also happens to be a practicing attorney with an impressive resume. My first thought is when does he actually have time to write books?! He does so many things but clearly he does them all well.
The Lit Bitch

Real-life drama at its finest

Law and Addiction is real-life drama at its finest — a book that clears away the darkness page by page, spotlighting a profound truth about our society through expert storytelling.
Book Spin

This is an entertaining story with a message behind it

This is an entertaining story, but there is a message behind it as well. It illustrates how the current drug crisis differs significantly from those in the past. After all, what can you do when at least the manufacture and some parts of the distribution chain are legal?
English Plus

Mike Papantonio hits the nail on the head on Big Pharma’s complicity in addicting millions of Americans to opioids

Co-host of the Ring of Fire radio show Mike Papantonio, AKA America’s Lawyer, appears on Politics Done Right to discuss how Pharmaceutical Corporations have decimated the health of millions. Sadly, it is the double whammy. We pay Big Pharma to infect millions. And to detoxify and heal them, we pay Big Pharma again. That is the real story of socialism in this country. Mike recently wrote the book Law and Addiction: A legal Thriller which explores the opioid epidemic in a fictionalized thriller.
Politics Done Right

He lays bare the conspiracies and white-collar crimes that hurt ordinary Americans

Mike Papantonio is the author of Law and Addiction. A truth-teller, he is a crusader who uses fiction to entertain and inform his readers about some of the most pressing issues of our time. In each of his thrillers, he lays bare the conspiracies and white-collar crimes that hurt ordinary Americans — and that are rarely covered by the national media.
Books and Such

The multidimensional brilliance of Mike Papantonio shines brightly through this can't-put-it-down legal thriller

The multidimensional brilliance of Mike Papantonio shines brightly through this can't-put-it-down legal thriller. For a deep dive into law and politics, power and those who fight it, and the very human conflicts that drive and tear at us all, read Law and Addiction!
Thom Hartmann
Nationally syndicated talk show host and New York Times bestselling author

This compelling read is both entertaining and edifying

This compelling read is both entertaining and edifying, and the story is more than timely. In his real life, attorney Papantonio is making it his mission to bring justice to those who unleashed the opioid scourge upon our country; in this fictional tour de force he has drawn characters engaged in this life and death struggle that the reader can't help but care about. Bravo!
Alan Russell
#1 bestselling author of Burning Man and Guardians of the Night

The opioid addiction crisis in this country is scary

The opioid addiction crisis in this country is scary. This fictional account has been getting rave reviews and was even featured in Publishers Weekly.
Sincerely Stacie

Author Mike Papantonio being a lawyer really makes reading this book very realistic

Author Mike Papantonio is a real life lawyer who has taken on the big companies like Tobacco and Big Pharma. He uses this to write his novels. His latest takes on Big Pharma over the opioids in a small West Virginia community but as a case to bring it to light as a big problem in the country. This is a great legal novel with a stellar story and a hero in Jake. He is determined to get this case done and avenge his brother’s death and all the others that are suffering. Author Mike Papantonio being a lawyer really makes reading this book very realistic. It took the reader on a journey and it showed how hard lawyers really have to work on their cases. You root for Jake and the team to win this case.
Red Carpet Crash

A Legal Thriller In True Grisham Style

Law And Disorder is not only a legal thriller in true Grisham style—it is also an excellent window into the total dysfunction of the justice system. I literally couldn’t put it down.
Mark Geragos, criminal defense attorney and author,
Mistrial: An Inside Look At How The Criminal Justice System Works … And Sometimes Doesn’t

Can’t-Put-It-Down Legal Thriller

The multidimensional brilliance of Mike Papantonio shines brightly through this can’t-put-it-down legal thriller. For a deep dive into law and politics, power and those who fight it, and the very human conflicts that drive and tear at us all, read Law And Disorder.
Thom Hartmann, nationally syndicated talk show host and best-selling author

Satisfying Tale Of Greed, Corruption, Lust, and Murder

The legal maneuvering, courtroom drama, and brisk pace make this a satisfying tale of greed, corruption, lust, and murder.
Publishers Weekly

Excited For Law And Addiction

I’ve read other legal thrillers by Mike Papantonio so was excited for Law And Addiction. It did not disappoint! His suspenseful novels always have realistic details, since the author is a respected lawyer who takes on cases involving corporate crime.
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I’m Now Hooked

I’m now hooked. I know (or I hope) that Deke is not done. I’m waiting for the next one, to see what facet of the American legal system Deke will take on, and how he’ll do it. Time to move over, Grisham.
Mark M. O’Mara, criminal defense attorney, O’Mara Law Group, and CNN legal analyst

I Couldn’t Put This Book Down

Kudos to Mike Papantonio, author of Law And Addiction for writing such a captivating, intriguing, enthralling, suspenseful, page-turning, riveting, unpredictable, and thought-provoking novel . . . I couldn’t put this book down. Many things seem so shocking. I would highly recommend (Law And Addiction) for those readers who enjoy an action-packed thriller that leaves you thinking.
Linda’s Book Obsession Blog