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Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World's Greatest Outlaw

Category: Book
By (author): Bowden, Mark
Subject:  HISTORY / Latin America / General
  HISTORY / Military / General
  WEIRD / True Crime
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: March 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 8.21in x 6.44in x 1.07in
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From The Publisher*Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels . . . [Killing Pablo] is absolutely riveting." - Denver Post A tour de force of investigative journalism, Killing Pablo is the story of the vio-lent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would end only with his death. In an intense, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes details never before revealed about the U.S.-led covert sixteen-month manhunt. With unprecedented access to important players - including Colombian president Cesar Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the special police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez - as well as top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted phone conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that is a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world."
Review Quote*Praise forKilling Pablo:

"A complicated tale that might have overwhelmed a lesser writer, but Bowden skillfully weaves a narrative studded with anecdotes that are hilarious, horrifying and tragic, sometimes simultaneously."-Miami Herald

"A master of narrative journalism, [Bowden] employs the same techniques of re-constructing scenes and dialogue that made his bestsellingBlack Hawk Down gripping reading."-New York Times Book Review

"A compelling, almost Shakespearean tale."-Los Angeles Times

"[A] well-reported and lively narrative."-Boston Globe

"Bowden synthesizes an extraordinary amount of research and detail, creating not only an edgy narrative of the search's machinations but also a sobering examination of the moral dilemmas and futility of the entire operation."-San Francisco Chronicle

"[A] great read for anyone wanting to understand more about the cruel truths of the war on drugs or for anyone who likes a story about the good guys beat the bad guy-and what it took."-Baltimore Sun

"Exciting, suspenseful and seem[s] destined to become [a] blockbuster movie."-Newsday

"Impressive. . . . Bowden argues-I think persuasively-that for all its violence and lawlessness, the vicious Colombian response to Escobar was justified. . . . It is a troubling conclusion, but difficult to dispute in the face of the evidence Bowden assembles."-Washington Post

"All eyes in the business-class lounge will be poring over copies of [Mark Bowden's] new work,Killing Pablo."-Esquire

"A down and dirty primer on the drug war."-Daily News

"And so we got [Escobar], or [the Colombian police] did, and the biggest and most expensive manhunt in history was over. The only thing left to do was for someone to tell the real story, and Mark Bowden was without question the writer to do it."-Austin-American Statesman

"Killing Pablo is a unique, superbly written account of Escobar's story. Exhaustively researched and presented with an inspiring tenacity, the book takes the reader into a darkness that few of us can imagine. . . .Killing Pablo is well worth reading."-Military Review

"Bowden hits another home run with his chronicle of the manhunt for Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"In this riveting work of reportage, award-winning journalist Bowden details American involvement in the assassination of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian billionaire godfather of cocaine trafficking. . . . Essential reading for any aficionado of espionage scandals and Mafioso folklore."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A fascinating new piece of investigative reporting."-Bookpage

"One of the most fascinating aspects of [Killing Pablo] is Bowden's depiction of small-scale, military-centered intelligence launched in Colombia-spy tactics that detail what parts of target buildings are vulnerable, for example, or the habits of the human target that might leave him alone and exposed. A harrowing investigation into the cost of both drug trafficking and the War on Drugs."-Booklist

Biographical NoteMark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1New York Times bestsellerBlack Hawk Down and most recently,Hue 1968. He reported at thePhiladelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for theAtlantic,Vanity Fair, and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware.