From Drug Queen to Informer to Hostage : A Harrowing True Story

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"Raised an aristocrat in Colombia and educated in European schools, Pilar transfixes everyone with her charm and her guile. She also falls for dangerous men and finds herself drawn into the highest levels of the cocaine trade. After two failed marriages and a harrowing escape from the drug life, she settles down to a quiet existence in Florida with her children-- until her second husband tries to cut short his prison term by giving her name over to members of a new task force being formed by the DEA. They induce Pilar, now a middle-aged woman, to infiltrate the Cali cartel as the head of a vast money laundering sting. Named 'Operation Princess,' the scheme leads to the seizure of tens of millions of dollars, along with some $500 million worth of cocaine and the exposure of hundreds of high-level traffickers, becoming one of the most daring and successful stings in DEA history. But Pilar plays her part too well. Her success as a money launderer gets her kidnapped and then ransomed by a band of guerrillas in South America-- and the US government refuses to negotiate. It's left to her low-level handlers in the DEA to get her back, before it's too late and her kidnappers discover they have a Federal agent in their clutches. 'Snatched' is the electric tale, by the New York Times bestselling author of 'Blow,' Bruce Porter, that tells the true story of a woman caught between two worlds, with her life dangling in the balance"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781250031778
Characteristics: vi, 313 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Aug 12, 2017

Though this author might've gotten on the NY Times bestseller list for an earlier work, I'd not expect the same accolades for "Snatched". What begins as an interesting true story of a woman who became a lucrative confidential informant for our government devolves, following her kidnapping, into a plethora of overwhelming and hard to follow - or care about - details.

I finished the book but getting through the last 1/3 was a work of endurance, not enjoyment, owing to the author's seeming inability to edit down his story into something comprehensible. In the end, I'll remember the story and the outcome despite that last 1/3 of the book.


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