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SWORDFISH: A True Story of Ambition, Savagery, and Betrayal Hardcover – April 13, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 1st edition (April 13, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679420193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679420194
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TAAMinator on March 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
"Swordfish: A True Story of Ambition, Savagery, and Betrayal" is the story of the largest drug bust to date. The book is very well-written, detailed, and very interesting. The book spans 1980 through 1987 in detail with the epilogue continuing through 1993. The book's characters are many and varied and range from individuals to governments. It is not a bang-bang shoot-em-up; however, there is violence and intrigue.
I recommend this book highly for the reader beyond gratuitous sex and violence.
December 22, 1980, Robert Darias, a man, despondent because he doesn't have enough money to buy Christmas presents for his children, shows up at the Miami DEA office and volunteers information on the Columbian drug connection. Carol Conner realizes the value and danger involved and immediately takes action to save his life and preserve his connection. This leads to a long, involved, multi-national, multi-level, dangerous, and deadly undercover investigation where the DEA and IRS set up a fake bank to launder the drug money. However, Darias becomes a political prize as the local DEA management fights for control so they can look good and get promoted. Then, he becomes a political prize as the FBI and DEA fight for control ... The fact that his life is on the line seems to be lost in the in-fighting. Meanwhile, in Colombia and Venezuela, the drug dealers fight among themselves. No one is safe. Then, enter the guerrillas ... Finally, arrests are made, trials are held, convictions are made and overturned, and life went on. The investigation snares politicians, bankers, politicians, judges, drug dealers, multinationals, and many in-between.
The main characters are Mr.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
An outstanding book for those interested in true crime but with a desire to read beyond the glitz and flash of sex and murder so prevalent in books of this type today. Swordfish focuses on a small group of DEA agents, their desire to "make the big case" even when it involves undermining the teamwork, loyalty, and trust that is the bedrock of any law enforcement operation. It does not present the sexy side of the drug war like "Miami Vice" or "Scarface". Rather, it shows you the plodding periods of lull, interjected with the occasional momentary brilliance of the drug sale or large sum money exchange.
Swordfish is about a group of agents establishing a false bank with the help of the IRS in order to launder money for a major Colombian supplier based in Florida. It presents the political in-fighting among agents trying to maintain control of the willing Cuban volunteer out to sieze his moral high-ground in an attempt to correct his petty criminal past and strike a blow for domocracy.

Swordfish won't hook you with the quick read of easy sex, expensive toys, and large sums of money exchanging hands over hundreds of kilos of cocaine, while murderous deeds are done cheap in dark alleyways.

If you are looking for more insight into a drug enforcement case with some of the real life issues and problems then read on--with a little diligence.
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