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A psychotic coal mine operator and cynical neighbors with an anti-mining agenda fight out a strip mine permit battle in this environmental legal thriller.
Mike Jacobs, a 28-year old environmental prosecutor with Pennsylvania’s environmental agency, DEP, is caught between the warring factions, but is ordered to “babysit” the case. All Mike wants to do is to protect the environment and neighbors from certain harm as a result of the proposed mining. Sid Feldman, the Philadelphia lawyer for the mine operator, who oozes power and privilege, offers Mike a job midway through the proceedings. Miranda Clymer, the lawyer for the neighbors, pulls out all the stops to win Mike’s affection and assistance. Mike’s nearest and dearest friend, Nicky Kane, is by his side as his paralegal. Mike must use all of his talents as a lawyer in the courtroom and rely on his discretion and courage to do what is right and not anger the political bosses for whom he works. In the cataclysmic ending, someone will die...but who?
Amid Rage (Headline Books; February 2, 2021) is the second book in the Mike Jacobs series by award-winning environmental lawyer Joel Burcat, and can also be read as a stand-alone novel.
“In Amid Rage a dispute over a mining permit leads to a rage-fueled conflict every bit as dark and dangerous as the deepest mine. Thriller fans will love this story.”
—D.P. Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series
"[Joel Burcat’s] writing is tight and clean […] Gritty, tough, poignant. Amid Rage tells a good story in a way every thriller aficionado will appreciate. Well done.”
—Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels
PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR THE MIKE JACOBS SERIES:
“Writers like Burcat demonstrate that [...] within the densest fog and darkest black, you can find clarity and color if your imagination is 20-20.”
—Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist and bestselling author
“With excellent handling of dialogue, description, characterization, and plot, Drink to Every Beast is quite a feast and a wonderful debut novel.”
—Viga Boland, Readers’ Favorite
“Drink to Every Beast provides a great look into an uncommon thriller subject.”
—Keshana Hanson, Reviewing the Evidence
“Burcat packs his story with enthralling subplots and characters.”
“…a fast-paced environmental legal thriller with smart, engaging characters and a level of complexity that serious readers of the genre will undoubtedly enjoy.”
—Jeff Gunhus, USA TODAY bestselling author
“…a spine-tingling thriller that will make you want more.”
—Don Helin, award-winning author of Devil’s Den and Secret Assault