The Crime Writers’ Association

ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2022


Patrick Radden Keefe

Empire of Pain

Published by: Pan Macmillan / Picador

Controlled yet angry history of the Sackler family and their exploitation of America’s pain industry which helped to produce the opioid epidemic. Keefe explores the disconnect between the Sackler philanthropy, which always had a self-serving component, and their ruthless business methods. A tribute to investigative journalism and a readable and significant book.

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