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High : Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler

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Abused as a child by his local priest, Brian O'Dea, a once ordinary young man, became a rebel, using and selling drugs for the escape and excitement they offered. Soon he was operating a $100 million a year, 120-man business, and had developed a terrifying cocaine addiction. Eventually he quit the trade - and the drugs - and was working with recovering addicts in Santa Barbara, when the authorities finally caught up with him. Extracts of Brian's prison diary - perceptive, funny and alarming - are interleaved with a vivid re-telling of his outlaw years and the ultimate recognition of the things in his life that were worth living for.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 197 x 23mm | 248g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 0753512564
  • 9780753512562
  • 530,351

Review quote

" A tightly edited, slick product that will appeal to a wide variety of readers... . Edgy, staccato accounts of the monotonous, terrifying lunacy of a massively overcrowded federal correctional institution are wonderfully realized." -- "The Telegram" (St. John' s) " High is an often gripping and sometimes mordantly funny memoir... . A book that's clearly the product of a fine, and disciplined, mind." -- "Winnipeg Free Press"show more

About Brian O'Dea

Brian O'Dea is a film and television producer in Toronto, where he lives with his wife and son.show more

Back cover copy

Former marijuana smuggler. Having successfully completed a ten-year sentence, incident free, for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States, I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family... So began Brian O'Dea's advert in a Canadian newspaper following his release from prison. Told in alternating chapters, High interweaves perceptive, funny and alarming extracts from Brian's prison diary with vivid recollections of his outlaw years, when audacious deals, double-crossing contacts and near-fatal plane crashes were all in a day's work. Abused as a child by his local priest, Brian grew up to be a rebel, using and selling drugs for escape and excitement. Soon he was operating a $100million-a-year 120-man business, and had developed a terrifying cocaine habit. But, with characteristic fortitude, he quit the drugs and the trade and started working with recovering addicts in Santa Barbara - before the authorities finally caught up with him. High is a powerful and inspiring memoir by a man who - even in his darkest hours of addiction and criminality - never lost the love of family and friends, and came to discover the things in his life that are worth living for.show more

Rating details

144 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
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4 35% (50)
3 35% (50)
2 9% (13)
1 5% (7)
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