Drink to Every Beast


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In this romantically-charged environmental legal thriller, two teenagers die after swimming through chemicals illegally dumped into the Susquehanna River. Mike Jacobs, a young environmental prosecutor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is assigned his first big case and must find, and stop the dumpers.


Mike’s alluring new friend Sherry Stein, an ambitious young Deputy Attorney General, is investigating the man running against the Governor. Another of Mike’s friends, Patty Dixon, ‘the girl next door,’ is his mother’s nurse and Mike wonders whether she is being blackmailed. Their lives intersect. Danger strikes—who will die? Will Mike discover the treachery before the midnight dumper kills again?


Joel Burcat is the author of environmental legal thrillers, speculative thrillers, and imaginative stories about everything from beer to murder.



“DRINK TO EVERY BEAST is a fast-paced environmental legal thriller with smart, engaging characters and a level of complexity that serious readers of the genre will undoubtedly enjoy. Joel Burcat knows the science and the ins-and-outs of the law, but he truly understands and captures human nature, with all its strengths and weaknesses.”

– Jeff Gunhus, USA TODAY bestselling author

“Burcat packs his story with enthralling subplots and characters.”

– Kirkus Reviews

 “A fast-paced and compelling story.”

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

“Not only is it a captivating legal thriller, but it’s also a rather delightful look into the romantic side of human relations, and Burcat handles both his main plot and the romantic subplot with admirable skill… and it makes for exciting, eye-opening reading.


 Apart from giving readers a captivating primary plot, Burcat’s strength lies in the realness of his characters.  It’s all so very human and credible. With excellent handling of dialogue, description, characterization, and plot, Drink to Every Beast is quite a feast and a wonderful debut novel.”

-Viga Boland, Readers’ Favorite

“The opening passage (of DTEB), in which a terrible tragedy occurs, feels so real that it is almost impossible to go on to the next page. But of course you have to go on, because you feel someone really, really has to pay for what happened.”

-Sam Rockford, New Thriller Writers


“DRINK TO EVERY BEAST provides a great look into an uncommon thriller subject…Overall, the idea was intriguing, and I believe that Burcat has a wonderful chance to examine a current and pressing concern less frequently explored in crime fiction.”

-Keshena Hanson, Reviewing the Evidence


“Joel R. Burcat’s novel, Drink to Every Beast, is an environmental thriller ripped from the headlines of today’s newspapers.  Burcat uses his extensive knowledge as an environmental lawyer to serve up a mix of toxic waste, corruption, and greed to launch a spine-tingling thriller that will make you want more.”

– Don Helin, award-winning author of Devil’s Den and Secret Assault