Smuggler : a tale of [dis] organized crime

3.76 (178 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.76 (178 ratings by Goodreads)
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Winner of 2019 IndieReader Discovery Award.

Young Americans get involved in a dangerous international heroin smuggling conspiracy.

When twenty-something post-grad Nick Fillmore discovers the zine he publishes is a front for drug profits, he begins a dangerous flirtation with an international heroin smuggling operation and in a matter of months finds himself on a fast ride that he doesn't know how to get off of.

After a bag goes missing in an airport transit lounge, Fillmore is summoned to West Africa to participate in a fetish oath with Nigerian mafia. Bound to drug boss Alhaji, Fillmore returns to Europe to finish the job. But in Chicago O'Hare customs agents "blitz" the plane and a courier is arrested.

Thus begins a harried yearlong effort to elude the Feds, prison and a looming existential dead end. Smuggler relates the real events hehind OITNB.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 17mm | 331g
  • English
  • Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white; Illustrations; Illustrations, black and white
  • 057840348X
  • 9780578403489
  • 2,416,088

Review quote

"Incredible, cinematic visual details ... An alluring and adventurous ride through a criminal underworld." --Kirkus Reviews

"From Provincetown to Chicago and Paris to Jakarta, SMUGGLER pulls off a seemingly impossible mix of visceral, emotional, and psychological realism--all without sacrificing the thrill of vicarious transgression or entertainment. Protagonist (and author) Nick Fillmore's reflections and restrictive interactions never bore--and like the narrative--are rich with cutting insight." --IndieReader

"The book starts glamorous and slow and then accelerates into a dark world where actions have consequences. Nigerian gangsters, black magic, international travels, heroin smuggling, moral justifications and a descent into the inevitable. Excellent writing, believable characters ... an interesting read narrated by a very competent writer." --NetGalley

"This isn't your usual run-of-the-mill true crime story but a work with true literary style." --Books Direct

"Riveting." --Bookbub
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Rating details

178 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 34% (60)
4 26% (47)
3 27% (48)
2 8% (15)
1 4% (8)
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