- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse; 58471st edition (September 11, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595196667
- ISBN-13: 978-0595196661
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Power, Greed, Drugs and Murder 58471st Edition
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Denton, a former investigator for Jack Anderson, relates a sordid tale of corruption in Lexington, Kentucky. Among the major players were Governor John Y. Brown; his top political aides; former policeman and blueblood Andrew Thornton, the leader of an organization known as the "Company"; and other bluebloods, rich from money originally earned in horse-breeding and racing. Ralph Ross, a Kentucky state policeman who began a crusade to catch Thornton and his associates, was eventually forced out by being framed in an illegal wiretapping charge. Yet ultimately press coverage exposed the conspiracy. A labyrinthian tale, made complex by its mix of "good guys" and "bad guys," this will be of interest to libraries with large true crime sections. Recommended.
-Sandra K. Lindheimer, Middlesex Law Lib., Cambridge, Mass.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A larger than real-life thriller." -- The Wall Street Journal
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Top Customer Reviews
Although what actually happened to Drew is still in question to some, this book gives a good overview of the time frame and the people involved. Money, drugs and all the expected ill gains were a big part of Kentucky history.
I thought it was an interesting read especially since I know of and knew personally several of the people written about in the book.I think some of the details could and should have been elaborated on, but the author had her story to tell not mine.
It is an interesting read on how things were here in Kentucky back in the day.
I found this book to be quite entertaining and a very interesting read. My only issues would be how the author skipped around from characters and, for me, some of them were not clearly introduced. Most of this book is from the view of a former State Police investigator and because he was found quilty of eavesdropping while tapping a phone line, one wonders if he has an ax to grind. The ending also left the reader up in the air as the author posed several questions that clearly needed to be answered. As a personal note, I would have liked to have understood how The Company was started and a little more history from being local cops to becoming world renowned Drug Kingpins. The leap the author took lead me to believe it was over a period of years, but I am not clear how it happened.
However, please don't be dismayed as I did read the entire book and I was fascinated by the number of celebrities who came in contact with the people involved in the massive smuggling operations. A little research after reading the book seem to illustrate that many of the main characters, although somewhat tarnished went on to live a fairly normal and in some cases, contributory life. So I was left wondering if the so called Blue Bloods and Lexington police have that much power or perhaps they were "all" not as guilty as the author might have portrayed.
Either way, this book is fascinating even though I was left wondering what the real story may have been back in the 80's. Worth the read.
It was a story which kept growing in components and players.
First, the fatal jump by Thornton, a very experienced skydiver, while loaded with cocaine, cash and weapons.
Second, the N.C. nighttime fishermen who witness a small (and unbeknownst to them, unmanned) aircraft crashing into a mountain.
Third, the discovery of dead black bears in the north Georgia mountains which had died of an overdose of cocaine.
Fourth, the supposed revenge by sabotaging the Cessna Caravan over Atlanta which was loaded with 16 skydivers and a pilot.
But, as Sally Denton reveals, there is so much more to the story that she could probably update it now and add another 50 - 100 pages with developments that which have occured subsequent to the book's publication.
I wish that there was a sequel to it.
I also recommend "Barry and the Boys", as did another reviewer, for more fascinating stories involving the importation of drugs and the War on Drugs.
Well written and documented. I enjoyed it.