The Fruit Palace

Charles Nicholl, Author St. Martin's Press $16.95 (307p) ISBN 978-0-312-30926-8
Sent by his British publisher to Colombia to write an expose of drug trafficking, Nicholl roamed the country, traced a thread of cocaine preparation, sale and export, and was forced to participate in one drug deal himself. Although a full-scale expose did not develop, he has written an in-depth portrait of Colombia and its citizensbar owners, small-time coke dealers, prostitutes, residents of the big cities and the small towns. He writes of the people with warmth and wit, from Julio, the proprietor of a bar called the Fruit Palace, through Waldino, a drug dealer who momentarily considered killing him. Nicholl also writes about legends like that of el dorado, a man, not a place, and offers bits of Colombian history. His approach is light, his book interesting. 40,000 first printing; $40,000 ad/promo; author tour. (May 19)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1985
Release date: 01/01/1985
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 307 pages - 978-0-679-74364-4
Hardcover - 978-0-517-17892-8
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-312-90725-9
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