This book goes high and above your average crime-thriller. There is a political scandal, murder, cover-up, drug addiction, affair and cover-up and that’s not even the main point. Will Earnest, a nationally-known religious figure, but his reputation is destroyed after a humiliating scandal which costs him everything. Ten years later, Will seeks to rebuild his life, but he has a very painful secret. Set against the backdrop of the ongoing “War on Drugs” and the bitter cultural divide of American politics, Painkiller is essentially a story of redemption and love, but it goes well beyond that. Painkiller actually tackles some critical issues in culture and politics and does it in a way that both informs and entertains readers.