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Featured Photographs of Jon Roberts
Before Jon was a Cocaine Cowboy, Jon's mother took this photo (1956) when he was a boy obsessed with cowboys. Jon later changed his name to Jon Pernell Roberts after Pernell Roberts, star of Bonanza.
Jon (third from left) at a 1973 wedding in New York. It was his last wiseguy party before he fled to Miami.
Jon's long-time girlfriend Toni Moon was the poster girl for the Ryan O’Neal movie So Fine. Here, Jon and Toni reenacted the poster's photo with Jon in place of O'Neil.
||Jon's mugshot taken after his arrest in the 1986 cocaine bust that unravelled his empire.|
“A spellbinding narrative of drugs, death and debauchery as told by one of America's most notorious criminals….A savage, unrelenting tale.”
“The Moby Dick of mob memoirs…here is everything you've wanted to know—and much better, here is the way everything felt. Evan Wright puts you so deep inside a career in organized crime that midway through you'll begin expecting a knock on your door and a call from your lawyer.”
─David Lipsky, author of the national bestseller ABSOLUTELY AMERICAN
“Delivers all the guilty pleasures one expects from a gangster's memoir, but Wright's superb prose offers something more: a meditation on good and evil during the glittering decay of late 20th century civilization…One of the best books of the year.”
─James L. Swanson, Edgar Award winning author of the New York Times bestsellers MANHUNT and BLOODY CRIMES
“AMERICAN DESPERADO is not only stranger but so much better than fiction…Captivating, addictive, and head-spinning, this one-of-a-kind book earns its place on the top shelf of true crime accounts.”
─Chuck Hogan, New York Times bestselling author of PRINCE OF THIEVES (basis of the Academy Award-nominated “The Town”)
“American Desperado is the first great crime book of the 21st Century. Dangerous, darkly hilarious, hair-raising, and terrifically written, Wright's prose spills over with the kind of insane, brilliantly rendered detail and dialogue that make you want to call people at four in the morning and read out loud.”
─Jerry Stahl, New York Times bestselling author of PERMANENT MIDNIGHT
“AMERICAN DESPERADO is one of the most disturbing memoirs I’ve ever read…Evan Wright does a brilliant job getting into Roberts’ scary head … I never want to be in the same room with Jon Roberts, but I couldn't stop reading his book.”
─Steven Gaines, New York Times bestselling author of PHILISTINES AT THE HEDGEROW and FOOL’S PARADISE
“Seldom have I read an account of criminal enterprise that took me so deeply into the blackness of a man’s soul—a scary read, pounding and relentless and irresistible.”
─Bruce Porter, author of BLOW
“Imagine if Mister Kurtz from HEART OF DARKNESS sat down with Dick Cavett for a little chat about the nature of good and evil, empathy, fatherhood, violence, drugs, power, self-knowledge, women, family, the hero versus the anti-hero, freedom, imprisonment...Try as you might, you can't really put this book down.”
─Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author of HORSE SOLDIERS and IN HARM’S WAY
“A tour de force. The best crime book since WISEGUY. Puts you in the middle of a world where it's wonderful to be a tourist, terrible to be a resident. I am filled with nothing but admiration and envy for Evan Wright.”
─Rich Cohen, New York Times bestselling co-author of WHEN I STOP TALKING YOU’LL KNOW I’M DEAD, and author of TOUGH JEWS
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This guy had a flair for storytelling. I couldn't put this book down. Amazed at the never-ending stories. I know my life was a little boring, but this book just solidified it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Kimba56
I've watched cocaine cowboys and I loved it but this book is the deepest and most detailed history of how criminal life in the US is the dark side of the so called American Way of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Pincon
Good detail, solid research. I liked the interview format and the chronological approach in presenting this detailed research. Good bookPublished 2 months ago by chris rolfe
Interesting story about a careet criminal and how he luckily escaped the law until the end of his careeer.Published 3 months ago by JimP
Saw the documentary before and was intrigued. The book delves into some of the more glossed over escapades. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sven E. Anderson
Awesome book well written, and love how the author gives factual facts (dates from newspaper clippings, his sources etc. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carlos Ortiz
So many good stories from John. May he rest in peace. I hope they make a movie on his crazy life.Published 4 months ago by Bolts #91
Wanted to read the book bc I knew John. Long story. I think he pulled his best con with this book.Published 4 months ago by nycvm