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