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WVU journalism professor up for prestigious award

Charleston Gazette-Mail courtesy photo John Temple, an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media, is seeing a positive critical response to his book on a Florida pill mill and the roots of the opioid crisis.
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John Temple, an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media, is seeing a positive critical response to his book on a Florida pill mill and the roots of the opioid crisis.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University professor has been nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award.

The award, named after Edgar Allen Poe, is presented each spring to honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in the previous year.

 John Temple, a Reed College of Media associate professor, is the author of nonfiction book, “American Pain.” The Mystery Writers Association has nominated “American Pain” for an Edgar in the category of Best Fact Crime Book.

“I’ve been doing this a long time now, and I’ve never really had this kind of attention paid to one of my books or one of my articles,” Temple said. “I’m still sort of wading through it and seeing what’s going on, but it’s very hectic.”

“American Pain” is the true story of a Florida-based chain of pain clinics and the twin brothers who organized an illegal painkiller distribution scheme, making millions of dollars and giving rise to a new drug industry that tipped the current opioid crisis.

Temple was fascinated…

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