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Book review: “Politics, Money and Drugs”

Oklahoma City attorney and author Jerry Sokolosky offers a frightening view of a country caught in a lethal mix of “Politics Money and Drugs” (self-published, now in e-book only at Smash Words.com and Amazon.com for 99 cents).
BY KAY DYER Published: July 29, 2012
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Oklahoma City attorney and author Jerry Sokolosky offers a frightening view of a country caught in a lethal mix of “Politics Money and Drugs” (self-published, now in e-book only at Smash Words.com and Amazon.com for 99 cents).

Congressman Randy Taubman has offered a resolution in the House Judiciary Committee calling for a constitutional amendment to legalize drugs in America. His reasoning, based on his experience as a drug agent in Houston, is that the country is paying a huge price fighting an “unwinnable war” against drugs.

Al Moreno, a handsome second-term senator from New Mexico, opposes it. A phone call from a California businessman with more than a hint of a threat has persuaded Moreno to do all in his political and financial power to prevent the resolution from becoming a constitutional amendment.

Moreno and his wife own a chain of roadside restaurants and convenience stores, and he is one of the wealthiest men in Congress. He has used his money wisely and has many fellow lawmakers in his debt.

Much of the book focuses on the background stories of major characters including the two congressmen, their families, friends and staffers, along with dealers whose products are causing a furor in Washington and elsewhere.

The biographies of the characters offer clues as to how they may react when faced with a vital decision, but there are still plenty of surprises for the reader.

— Kay Dyer