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The Cocaine Diaries


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A shocking expose of drugs, riots, rape, kidnap and murder

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A shocking expose of drugs, riots, rape, kidnap and murder

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Paul Keany was a successful self-employed plumber until the Irish property crash in 2008. An aspiring novelist, he has turned his back on the murky world of drug-smuggling to focus on a life of writing. Born and raised in Oxford, he now lives in Dublin.Jeff Farrell is an independent Irish journalist and documentary maker specialising in Latin American affairs. His work has appeared in various publications, including The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. He currently lives in Dublin.


In 2008, after the collapse of the Celtic Tiger, Irish plumber Paul Keany was struggling to pay off a loan and a new van, and support one of his two teenaged kids. An offer to smuggle six kilos of cocaine-worth half a million euros-from Venezuela back home to Dublin would've netted him an "easy" _10,000. That is, if he hadn't gotten caught. Arrested before boarding his return flight, Keany is escorted to the drug squad headquarters where he is raped by police and handcuffed to a stairwell for days without food. Once in the infamous Los Teques prison, where he was to serve eight years for his crimes, he is forced to pay the wing boss and his armed henchmen in exchange for protection. It would be an understatement to say it was money well spent-during Keany's incarceration, an inmate blows himself up with a grenade, another shoots his wife in the head on visitor's day, a deadly riot erupts, Keany is stabbed, and all the while the corrupt National Guard keeps a cursory watch while supplying the prisoners with weapons and drugs. Keany relates these and other atrocities without an ounce of self-pity, and his final escape from Venezuela will leave readers with sweaty palms and clenched teeth. Glossary. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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