Feeling the Heat:
An Interrogation of the Soul
What would cause a highly successful criminal defense lawyer to leave his steady stream of clients, his comfortable suburban home, and his idyllic life with a wife of eleven years and three children for a place where he shared a modest apartment with three drug addicts? South Florida was getting too hot for the lawyer, but that heat had little to do with the outside temperature. John Patrick Contini had to get out of town and he found the perfect hiding place to cool off–Talbott Recovery Center in Atlanta, Georgia where he feigned an addiction so that he could fit in. A client of John’s was doing the unthinkable–turning the tables on the man who had helped him the most. Suddenly John came face to face with a brand new person–himself. Feeling the Heat is a probing look into all of our addictions, belief systems, and surprises we learn about ourselves.
How would you feel if you knew in your spirit that your good friend was wired, targeting you with the feds for indictment? Betrayed? Sure, but what do you do when there's no time for hurt and anger, when you're scared to death and surrounded by undercover "patrons" pretending to blend in at the neighborhood coffee shop? Start bawling like a baby, or just get up and leave? Neither choice helps. No, you've got to go for door number three, the only choice that screws up their wire. Start running your mouth in desperation as fast and convincingly as possible. How many times can you get anything exculpatory or decent on the wire - forget that the feds would call them "false exculpatories," it only matters that it's on the wire. How fast can you muck up their recording with your spin of the real deal ... before it's too late and you're writing to your kids from federal prison? Trial lawyer John Contini, author of "Danger Road: A true crime story of murder and redemption," knows exactly how you'd feel, only because he's been there, done that. A client and friend was doing the unthinkable, betraying the very lawyer and friend who had helped him most.
"Feeling the Heat" is an inspirational true story that begins with betrayal and deception, moves to addiction and recovery, and closes with faith, redemption, reuniting with family and love - another true crime and crossover faith story of second chances from the God of second chances! A federally-indicted client and former friend chose to 'wear a wire' for a couple of rogue federal agents while targeting Contini for indictment, to minimize his own prison exposure. “This painful time in my life was actually used of God to bring me closer to Him – a prodigal son experience that will not be forgotten. What they meant for bad, God meant for good."