SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Steven Kassels will discuss his new book, “Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine,” at Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m.
“Addiction on Trial,” the first in a series of Shawn Marks thrillers, revolves around the murder cases of attorney Marks, a successful Boston attorney who has no trouble juggling women as well as his case-load. When Down East 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 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 treatment approach similar to other chronic diseases. Medical and behavioral aspects of addiction are woven into the intrigue of this thriller, which culminates in a riveting murder trial.
Dr. Steven Kassels, physician and author, is board certified in addiction medicine and emergency medicine, and it is from his experiences with victims of addiction that he has been able to create a crime fiction novel based on medical and legal truths.
Dr. Kassels resides in Southwest Harbor and Boston, Mass., with his wife Ali. They have four children and five grandchildren. His other passions include tennis, backcountry skiing, biking, music and the Boston Red Sox.
Copies of “Addiction on Trial” will be available for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Acadia Family Center.
Call the library at 244-7065.