Amid Rage

Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist (Thriller)
Los Angeles Book Festival Runner Up (Best Genre Fiction)


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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 in the courtroom 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?


 “Danger lurks in every chapter of this fast-moving, and for the most part, engrossing thriller. 


“Burcat brings the story to life with principled and unprincipled attorneys.”

-James McShane, Aardvarkian Reviews

“Burcat’s expertise is definitely on display in this story… The characters, the plots, and the sub-plots are all expertly woven together.”                                   

-Doug Yonce, NetGalley Reviewer

“With an intense plot, a gripping storyline, and fascinating characters, this enthralling adventure promises to entertain everyone who enjoys courtroom drama and psychopathic criminals.”

-Susan Sewell, Reader’s Favorite

“If you’re looking for a fun read that will make an afternoon fly by, I highly recommend Amid Rage. 


– Athena Hallberg, University of Chicago