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Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami (Hardback)
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Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 17/10/2017
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Miami, December 31, 1979. Lock your doors. Watch your backs. Raise your glasses. Miami is about to blow, in a fiery explosion of cocaine, blood, bullets, torched cars, cash, immigrants, hustlers, dopers, informants, corruption, body bags and inner tubes. Behind the bar at the Hotel Mutiny, the hottest ticket in town as the clock approached 1980, waitresses and bellhops were stacking whiskey totes full of the white stuff. The tips -- pure cocaine packed in hundred-dollar bills -- were sluicing in. Everyone was trying to bribe their way to a coveted New Year's Eve table at the hotel's swanky, members-only Club, desperate to sit among the star-studded guest list, and to party with America's biggest cocaine kingpins. In the seventies, coke hit Miami with the full force of a hurricane, and no place attracted dealers and dopers like Coconut Grove's Mutiny at Sailboat Bay. Hollywood royalty, rock stars, and models flocked to the hotel's club to order bottle after bottle of Dom and to snort lines alongside narcos, hit men, and gunrunners, all while marathon orgies burned upstairs in elaborate fantasy suites. Amid the boatloads of powder and cash reigned the new kings of Miami: three waves of Cuban immigrants vying to dominate the trafficking of one of the most lucrative commodities ever known to man. But as the kilos-and bodies-began to pile up, the Mutiny became target number one for law enforcement. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-seen documents, Hotel Scarface is a portrait of a city high on excess and greed, an extraordinary work of investigative journalism offering an unprecedented view of the rise and fall of cocaine-and the Mutiny-in Miami.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780593079614
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 6 x 3 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Hotel Scarface is a journey into the surreal. The book sizzles with exquisitely detailed reporting and a fast-paced narrative that thrusts the reader right into the middle of Miami's cocaine-fueled madness. We're all lucky that Farzad's deft story-telling captures one of the most outrageous moments in American history in such a vivid way." * Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author *
"Thought I was reading a Carl Hiaasen novel. Then I realized it was NON-fiction. Hotel Scarface is to Miami what 'Narcos' is to Colombia." * Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, CNBC's Chief International Correspondent *
"Miami in the 1980's. It's one of the most exciting and dangerous stories in modern American history. Yet so little is known of this time and place other than a handful of oft-repeated legends. Enter Roben Farzad, whose Hotel Scarface will now and forever serve as the definitive record. You won't be able to put this book down!" * Joshua Brown, author of Backstage Wall Street *
"Farzad captures the excess, decadence, and debauchery of the Mutiny in its heyday... a crucial piece to Miami's history as the era's cocaine epicenter. A gripping account of how the Mutiny's role in Miami's cocaine business changed not only the city, but America." * Kirkus Reviews *

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“Crazy!”

What an extremely written and very well detailed book of Miami in the late 70s/80s.
I couldn't put this book down from the second I 7started going through the list of characters at the very beginning! Throughout... More

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25th January 2018
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