Dr. Snow: How the F.B.I. Nailed an Ivy League Cocaine Ring

Carol Saline, Author Dutton Books $18.95 (307p) ISBN 978-0-453-00593-7
Twenty-six-year-old Larry Lavin, a gregarious, civic-minded, affluent Philadelphia dentist, headed a 12-state drug network through which he supplied his customers, many of them former prep-school and University of Pennsylvania friends who, in turn, often became dealers themselves. In this expanded version of a Philadelphia magazine article, Saline, coauthor of Straight Talk, recounts how he organized the drug ring and the FBI's four-year investigation, which led to the convictions of Lavin and 82 co-conspirators in 1987. Along the way, the author also provides an alarming insight into the extent of student addiction in a suspenseful tale of international intrigue involving a gallery of Ivy League clients, drug runners, Cuban and Colombian cocaine suppliers and mafioso distributors. Photos not seen by PW. (June)
Reviewed on: 06/03/1988
Release date: 06/01/1988
Mass Market Paperbound - 10 pages - 978-0-451-15833-8
Paperback - 346 pages - 978-0-7414-0560-9
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