From Marcus Drayton Comes 'A Life, Black as Coal: A Cesspool of Corruption', the Story of Corruption in the West Virginia Coal Mine Industry and His Work to Stop It

"A Life, Black as a Coal" is author Marcus Drayton's real-life story about the corruption in the West Virginia Coal Mines and the two years he spent undercover with the FBI in order to bring an end to it.

​Marcus Dreyton has been a part of the coal industry for as long as he can remember. Being a part of the family business, Marcus grew up working with coal and being told to always do the right thing. And those two things were going to play a big role for him later on in life.


“A Life, Black as Coal” is Dreyton’s story of the massive corruption scandal he found himself a part of in the 1990s. He began working for the FBI in a two-year, undercover operation that took him across the United States and resulted in the arrests of over one hundred various officials for bribery and extortion.

Readers interested in this real-life story of corruption can purchase “A Life, Black as Coal: A Cesspool of Corruption “at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iBooks Store, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

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