Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire

Pill City How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire April West Balti 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 assass

  • Title: Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire
  • Author: Kevin Deutsch
  • ISBN: 9781250110039
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • April 28, 2015, West Balti, 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 BaltiApril 28, 2015, West Balti, 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 Balti, 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 readers into the heat of the action as Brick and Wax outwit the FBI and DEA, gang members like Damage and Lyric live and die by their own brutal code, the cops battle to stop the carnage, and 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 Balti riots.

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    1. Kevin Deutsch

      KEVIN DEUTSCH is an award winning criminal justice reporter for Newsday and author of Pill City How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire, as well as The Triangle A Year on the Ground with New York s Bloods and Crips He previously worked on staff at the New York Daily News, The Miami Herald, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press His work has also appeared in Newsweek Kevin specializes in journalism about street gangs and drug trafficking and has received multiple prizes for his writing about crime and national news events,including an Associated Press award for justice beat reporting A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin teaches journalism at Queens College and lives in New York City.

    579 thoughts on “Pill City: How Two Honor Roll Students Foiled the Feds and Built a Drug Empire”

    1. Having three books to review today, this one is definitely the hardest. It's not fun to read, and it's not easy to read. Some of the language is grotesque and also I'm sure has connotations I most probably don't begin to comprehend. It's non-fiction in the base reality of a series such as "The Wire". If you can /could follow and tolerate the visions in that particular work, then you may be able to read this for its length.The author's style to give you some of the aspects for the riots and after [...]


    2. I live in Baltimore, where there is a cloud of suspicion over this book (Baltimore Sun, Fenton, Simon a, b, c). I have skimmed the first chapter online, and that's likely it for me. It does not read as true. If you read it, do so with a huge grain of salt.



    3. Thanks for the giveaway courtesy of St. Martin's Press Nonfiction. What a fabulous read from start to finish. A well organized account of one of the horrors and the continued devastating impact begun during the 2015 rioting in Baltimore after Freddie Grey's death. Author Kevin Deutsch puts his journalistic expertise to use to chronicle the application of technological savvy to change the face of the illegal drug business in Baltimore and beyond that arose from the kernal of an idea hatched by t [...]


    4. If this was a fictional work, I'd give it 5 stars - it was incredibly gripping and I finished it in a day. I have some reservations, though, since it's portrayed as journalistic non-fiction, but has come under fire for being inaccurate at best, and blatantly made-up at worst. Some interesting coverage of the controversy here: baltimoresun/news/mary


    5. A lot of controversy about this book and the authors honestly and objectivity when telling the story. Overall I enjoyed the book, which was pretty disturbing for me because it is not a good story at all. I did listen to it and I missed having the information lists to flip back and remember who was who but I managed not to get too confused. I think perhaps the author took some poetic license with the details but i don’t doubt the story itself.



    6. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone as non-fiction. It's a great fiction story but the facts seem made up. The author claims he conducted over 300 hours of interviews yet the book was written in less than a year from the start of the riots after Freddy Grey's death to the publishing date. If the author only met "Brick" and "Wax"on a few occasions how is he able to describe in detail their clothes while hacking and the music they were listening to every time he writes about them? Although ch [...]


    7. I knew about Pill City from all the news articles that were written about it and from the world of hackers and programmers. The idea that two honor-roll students could overtake an industry that has been run the same way for so long is one for the textbooks.I read some of the reviews of what other people had to say about this book with one review standing out the most to me; Baltimore is nothing like what this book portrays and is not that dangerous and to take everything that is written with a g [...]


    8. EDIT 4: " In another part of the book, one character reveals that he has lied to his brother for decades about their father’s dying wish for him, completely skewing his brother’s life towards crime. But he’s willing to finally reveal this secret to Deutsch."I remember thinking - shit, that brother's going to be PISSED when he reads this book! Buuuuut none of those people exist, so. Yay. medium/@willsommer/does-t____________________________________________________________EDIT 3: Fucking "Am [...]


    9. According to City Paper (and the NYT), they were unable to verify the veracity of this story. Additionally, this did not read as objective reporting with the author's constant glorification of the criminal characters. I got the impression that this author has an affinity for mob/mafia/crime literature and this was an extension of that interest. As a resident of Baltimore who sees the fallout of gang culture daily on the news, I did not find his glorification of criminals relatable or respectable [...]


    10. Edited to add: Now I hear it's too good to be true--the author invented sources and plot points, according to Baltimore PD and others in the know. I hope that's not true, but who knows? I came across this book randomly at the library and I am glad I did. The author's first-person access to people at every level of the drug trade and his to-the-point journalistic style make this a page turner-- in addition to a great intro to the relationships between poverty, addiction, race and crime in urban [...]


    11. I blew through this book in about 24 hours, and I can say with great confidence that no book made me feel as equally hopeful and disheartened as this book did. I gasped audibly every other page. Kevin Deutsch wrote a fantastic piece of nonfiction that I truly wish were fiction. The brilliance blighted by death, the generation who's lost parents and caretakers to drugs, the community builders who risked everything to piece their neighborhoods back together's all heartbreaking. This book at once s [...]


    12. I really liked this fascinating jaw-dropping account of the rise of a brutal opioid empire built in large part with prescription drugs looted during the Freddy Gray riots in Baltimore. It read like watching Season 1 of The Wire, only even more unbelievable and t.v. ready in some ways. So it shouldn't have been a huge shock to discover that the credibility of Deutsch's account has come under fire since the book's publication. Credibility questions aside, it's a good read that is worth checking ou [...]


    13. As a look into a world I have little in common with, I found this book extremely interesting and sad. But I kept thinking, "If this is all true, how did I not hear any of it." Well it may night be non-fiction as several reviewers have pointed out.


    14. Good, not sure about being true.It's a good read but I'm not sure if it's true as advertised. It reads more like a season of The Wire more than a journalistic exposé.


    15. One of the main reasons that I prefer to read fiction over non-fiction is that one can be neat, the other cannot. The problem with real life is that things are not always wrapped up at the end, instead the years continue and more books need to be written. The drug scene in Baltimore is a good example, the fictionalised TV Show ‘‘The Wire’’ depicted a realistic view of a region in the grip of a crisis. Even this show ended openly with a rather depressing note that things are no better. If [...]


    16. The building of a drug empireIn this thought-provoking book we meet two 18 year old teenagers looking for a route out of poverty in America. When riots in Baltimore in 2015 occurred, their chance of escape came and they began looting pharmacies, stealing over $100 million worth of opiates. The plan they developed was to use their gang connections and programming skills to set up a high tech drug delivery service. As a result they became America’s youngest drug lords and, in the process, sparke [...]


    17. We all know drugs are undermining our country but who knew that two 18 year olds played a role in today's opium crisis? Unbelievable - except it's true. I read this book in two days but I am still thinking about this book days later and wondering what in the world we can do to change the dynamics that make drugs so attractive to both users and the sellers. The enormity of this is what shocks me, but there are signs in the book that show how one person can make a difference in the lives of those [...]


    18. This book is captivating. The author portrayed the barriers that these individuals were running up against. In the end I was rooting for 'Brick' and 'Wax' and others to be able to put their skills and talents to use in a positive way, to help others. Reading it, at times I forgot this is non-fiction which was disheartening. However, learning how activists can work to make a difference helped buoy my outlook.


    19. Fascinating story about some horrifying entrepreneurial decisions. My primary thought throughout most of the book was "as a country we've got to find some way to provide these kids with a constructive outlet." You can't deny their business acumen; it's entirely shameful their "best" avenue was building a drug empire. Great cast of characters - the full range of heroes to cheer for and despicable villains.


    20. Deutsch provides the inside story of Baltimore's post-Freddy Gray drug explosion and the way two teenagers revolutionized drug delivery and distribution. This is an excellent insight into the world (underworld) of drugs and gangs that continue the vicious drug and violence cycle of urban neighborhoods all over the country.


    21. A great book, really grabbed. Then I began to do my research and found out that there's a good possibility that the author is full of it. Often times, the book reads like he is. Even if the author is lying, it's still a captivating book, but I lowered my rating because of the controversy in regards to the legitimacy of the story.


    22. One of my regular patrons suggested this 2 me & I'm glad she did. It's not an easy read as you would imagine - but man - WHAT an addition to the contemporary true crime genre. Every fortune begins with a crime. Mmmhm.


    23. Investigative reporting on the rise and fall of a tech driven drug gang in Baltimore. A good companion to Dreamland to continue to increase the understanding of the opioid epidemic and how far reaching and devastating it is.


    24. A new intense, intellectual cover for the drug arena.The title compelled me to pick this one, and I have no regrets that I did. Got a completely new insight into the drug world. Strangely motivating for beginning at the right time!


    25. I lived near Pennsylvania and North from 2007-2010. It is as violent and sad as the author portrayed in the book. Unfortunately I got used to gunfire in the neighborhood and helicopters circling overhead; seeing them as routine. But, like Wax, I love Baltimore even with all it's flaws.


    26. Fast moving, thought provoking and well written, yet there is the nagging thought at the back of my mind that some of the subjects tie into one another just a little too neatly.




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