The highly acclaimed crime fiction novel, Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, is based on medical and legal truths. Author Steve Kassels, M.D., will share a reading, a Q & A discussion period with the audience, and sign books.
Many editorial letters to the editor appeared in local papers this past year surrounding the issue of addiction and treatment. Dr. Steven Kassels is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine. On Saturday, June 7th, 1:00-3:00, you may join the conversation upstairs at Beyond the Sea, Lincolnville Beach, spurred by this fictional murder mystery. Dr. Kassels will answer all your questions about addiction – Is it really a disease?
When Downeast “local” Annette Fiorno is found at the bottom of a ravine, “outsider” and relapsed drug addict Jimmy Sedgwick is accused of murder. Unassuming Maine lawyer Rob Hanston and big shot attorney Shawn Marks form an unlikely legal team as they attempt to discredit the overwhelming evidence. Addiction on Trial, the first in a series of Shawn Marks Thrillers, revolves around the murder cases of Attorney Marks, an egotistical yet likable high-powered Boston attorney who can juggle an array of female companions without taking his eye off the legal challenges of his work.
Addiction on Trial sends a powerful message of societal discrimination toward drug addicts and explores common misperceptions about what drug addiction really is – a chronic illness requiring a similar treatment approach as other chronic diseases. Medical and behavioral aspects of addiction are woven into the intrigue of this thriller, which culminates in a riveting murder trial.
About the Author:
“Why did I write Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine? Simple answer: I wanted to.
Through my years of practice in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine I have had the privilege to treat patients from all walks of life. From a medical perspective, it is very clear that we have differences but we are more similar than not – we all need hearts to pump in order to sustain our organs and to perfuse our brains. When we are sick, we all benefit from compassion and care. Society should not differentiate between diseases! But who wants to read another scientific book about addiction? Not me! That’s why I wrote Addiction on Trial as a mystery thriller to both entertain and educate through the depiction of the realistic struggles of addiction. I hope you enjoy reading Addiction on Trial as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I currently reside in Downeast Maine and Massachusetts. Along with my wife and soulmate, Ali, I spend family time thoroughly enjoying four children, their life partners and our five delightful grandchildren. My passions include tennis, backcountry skiing, biking, music, and the Boston Red Sox.”
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