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Amid Rage

Joel Burcat


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A psychotic coal mine operator and cynical neighbors with an anti-mining agenda fight out a strip mine permit battle. 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 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?

Praise For Amid Rage

"[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

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, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times and New York Times bestselling author

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. --DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series

Headline Books, 9781951556457, 368pp.

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

About the Author

Joel Burcat is a novelist and environmental lawyer. His debut novel, Drink to Every Beast, was first in his series of Mike Jacobs environmental legal thrillers. He has received the following awards: Second Place, PennWriters (Novel Beginnings, 2020); Quarterfinalist, ScreenCraft 2019 Cinematic Book Competition; Honorable Mentions at the New York Book Festival (Best General Fiction) and Readers' Favorite International Book Award (Best Fiction-Legal Thriller). In addition, he has several published short stories.

Burcat was selected as the 2019 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Litigation (for Central PA) by Best Lawyers in America. He has also received "Super Lawyers" and "Best Lawyers" designations for environmental and energy law and was selected by the Pa. Bar Association as a recipient of its annual award in environmental law. Burcat lives in Harrisburg, Pa. with his wife, Gail. They have two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and granddaughter.