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Without a badge : undercover in the world's deadliest criminal organization
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Kensington Books, c2003.
Physical Description:
viii, 280 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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By turns harrowing and heroic, compelling and inspiring, "Without a Badge" reads like a thriller, a white-knuckle ride into a world few people ever see--a trip inside the heady world of Columbia's deadly drug cartels.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

An original member of the DEA's legendary Group 93, which was founded in 1990 to target the drug cartels based in Cali, Colombia, Speziale has an amazing life story to tell, and in a breathless narrative, he (with freelance writer Seal) nails the high points of his 20-year-long career. From his troubled youth in New Jersey through his incarnation as the suave "Geraldo Bartone" to infiltrate the Cali gangs, to a final bout with career burnout, Speziale provides a detailed insider look at the tough life of undercover cops and the relentless pressure of a job in which the "only way to bust the cartel is to become part of it." As Speziale is schooled in the ways of a drug lord by a confidential informant-who later tries to double-cross him-the authors show just how easy and dangerous it is to go to Guatemala, build an airstrip, set up a business and begin to do large drug deals for the Cali cartel. Unfortunately, the book is written in a faux tough-guy style, reminiscent of old Miami Vice episodes. Speziale has lived an interesting life, but phrases like "I felt that roller-coaster ride ratcheting up another level" don't raise his tale beyond that of a B-movie. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

1 The Junkiep. 1
2 Group 93p. 15
3 Paulp. 24
4 Coke Dealer Charm Schoolp. 33
5 The Flashp. 46
6 Shopping for a Countryp. 60
7 Welcome to the Third Worldp. 72
8 The First Dealp. 83
9 The Trialp. 97
10 The Costa Rica Con Jobp. 107
11 Blown Away in Bogotap. 119
12 Brazil, Brazil, Brazilp. 133
13 Calichep. 150
14 The Phoenixp. 166
15 Wiretapsp. 178
16 Snowing Coke in Canadap. 189
17 Becoming Paulp. 203
18 Big Man in Bogotap. 217
19 Road Ragep. 228
20 Knee Deep in Tomatoesp. 240
21 Sleep Deprivationp. 255
Epiloguep. 267
Authors' Notep. 273
About the Authorsp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 277