The year is 1995. Tobacco firms think they're invincible. They're wrong. Very wrong.
Addicted consumers buy cigarettes despite soaring costs and proven health risks. Tobacco companies employ Washington lobbyists who convince law makers to pass favorable regulations. Industry revenues reach record highs. Things are looking good for the corporations and their millionaire executives and shareholders.
Then something happens they never see coming. As a result of exposure to second-hand smoke, journalist Martin Muntor is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
He doesn't intend to go quietly. He launches a plan of revenge to destroy the tobacco industry by spiking packs of cigarettes with sodium cyanide and slipping them back into the retail distribution chain. Hundreds die. The nation panics. Muntor manipulates the media and toys with the FBI. He taunts tobacco company investigator Tommy Rhoads, and Rhoads takes it personally.
With Rhoads closing in, Muntor puts his scheme into overdrive. All hell breaks loose. More people die. The tobacco companies are freaking and the authorities are desperate.
Read Find Virgil and go along for the wild ride. You'll never forget it.
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Praise for Find Virgil
Thomas Berger, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Little Big Man:
[Freudberg has] "... a narrative drive and a sense of plot that seize the reader and do not let him go.”
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Associated Press "...will keep readers riveted until the final page. Hollywood's leading actors should be asking their agents about this one. If a movie version turned out to be as riveting as the book, it would be a big winner."
Kirkus Reviews "...succeeds...in painting a desperate and convincing picture of disease-peddlers and sufferers who have drifted off the deep end."
Publishers Weekly "...an unabashedly pulpy thriller...a wild cloud of smoke."
Boston Herald "...Freudberg's characters have a single-minded way of hammering away at their goals until they either self-destruct or get what they want."
Library Journal "...thoroughly nasty..."