December 2017, RRP $39.99,
Macmillan Trade Paperback
Sex. Drugs. Danger. Death. This
is the adrenaline-pumping story of the world's most audacious drug runners and
the police hunt, 'Operation Playboy', to track them down.
drug-running playboys travel the globe: they ski in Europe, surf in Bali, hook
up with celebrity models and live in five-star hotels. They are 24-7 party boys
with brass balls, steely nerves and reckless ambitions. They pay for their
high-risk, hedonistic lifestyle by trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana
on international flights and through the world's biggest airports.
But to ride the wave you have to
roll the dice. And in this game a bust means prison – or even a firing squad.
Closely watching is a Brazilian
cop determined to close the net. With a small team, he battles corrupt
colleagues and bent judges to learn the secrets of the playboys and bring about
Celebrated true-crime writer and
journalist Kathryn Bonella has travelled the world to collect first-person
testimony from an international network of mules and their bosses, as well as
from the elite cops who are hot on their trail.
The result is a page-turning,
white-knuckle thriller – the true story of a manhunt codenamed OPERATION
Since studying journalism at RMIT
in Melbourne, Kathryn Bonella has worked as a journalist in television and
print. She moved to London eighteen months after graduating and spent several
years freelancing for 60 Minutes as
well as numerous English and American television programs, magazines and
newspapers. She returned to Australia in 2000 to work as a full-time producer
for 60 Minutes. She moved to Bali in
2005 to research and write Schapelle Corby's autobiography, My Story, followed by Hotel Kerobokan and Snowing in Bali.