A tour de force of investigative journalism-this is the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would only end with his death. In an intense, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes details never before revealed about the U.S.-led covert sixteen-month manhunt. With unprecedented access to important players--including Colombian president Cisar Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the special police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez-as well as top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted phone conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that is a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world.
About the Author
Mark Bowden is the author of Bringing the Heat and Doctor Dealer. He has been a reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years. He has also written for Men s Journal, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone. He was a 1999 National Book Award Finalist for Black Hawk Down."
"A master of narrative journalism, [Bowden] employs the same techniques of reconstructing scenes and dialogue that made his Black Hawk Down gripping reading." The New York Times Book Review
"The story of how the U.S. Army Intelligence and Delta Force commandos helped Colombian police track down and kill Pablo Escobar is a compelling, almost Shakespearean tale." —Los Angeles Times
"Absolutely riveting. . . . Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels." —The Denver Post
"Compellingly detailed.... Reads like a Clancyesque thriller; it's fast-paced, full of page-turning intrigue, corruption, and thwarted pursuit." San Francisco Chronicle