Jackpot

In that same speech McMaster told the crowd of 250 people the “amazing” aspect of operation Jackpot was that “of the one hundred two people that have been ...

Jackpot

Jackpot

In the late 1970s and early '80s, a cadre of freewheeling, Southern pot smugglers lived at the crossroads of Miami Vice and a Jimmy Buffett song. These irrepressible adventurers unloaded nearly a billion dollars worth of marijuana and hashish through the eastern seaboard’s marshes. Then came their undoing: Operation Jackpot, one of the largest drug investigations ever and an opening volley in Ronald Reagan’s War on Drugs. In Jackpot, author Jason Ryan takes us back to the heady days before drug smuggling was synonymous with deadly gunplay. During this golden age of marijuana trafficking, the country’s most prominent kingpins were a group of wayward and fun-loving Southern gentlemen who forsook college educations to sail drug-laden luxury sailboats across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic, and the Caribbean. Les Riley, Barry Foy, and their comrades eschewed violence as much as they loved pleasure, and it was greed, lust, and disaster at sea that ultimately caught up with them, along with the law. In a cat-and-mouse game played out in exotic locations across the globe, the smugglers sailed through hurricanes, broke out of jail and survived encounters with armed militants in Colombia, Grenada and Lebanon. Based on years of research and interviews with imprisoned and recently released smugglers and the law enforcement agents who tracked them down, Jackpot is sure to become a classic story from America's controversial Drug Wars. “The adventures, the long-gone economy, and the sting that ultimately brought them down and changed US drug policy are meticulously documented and lucidly spun…. Part New Yorker feature-part Jimmy Buffet song. . . . The result is adventuresome, lavish, informative fun.” —GQ “[A] rollicking story, Ryan manages to pack in one amusing tale after another.... Jackpot is a rip-roaring good read.” —Charleston City Paper “High times on the high seas: Investigative reporter Ryan recounts the glory days of dope smuggling and their terrible denouement.... A well-told tale of true crime that provides a few good arguments for why it should not be a crime at all.” —Kirkus Reviews “Reads like an international thriller. . . . chock-a-block with hilarious and hair-raising anecdotes of fast times.” —New York Journal of Books “[A] thoroughly researched account of Operation Jackpot, the drug investigation that ended the reign of South Carolina’s ‘gentlemen smugglers,’.... Ryan recreates the era with a vivid, sun-drenched intensity.” —Publishers Weekly

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Jackpot
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Jason Ryan
Categories: True Crime
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-08-07 - Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

In the late 1970s and early '80s, a cadre of freewheeling, Southern pot smugglers lived at the crossroads of Miami Vice and a Jimmy Buffett song. These irrepressible adventurers unloaded nearly a billion dollars worth of marijuana and hashish through the eastern seaboard’s marshes. Then came their undoing: Operation Jackpot,
Jackpot
Language: en
Pages: 222
Authors: Bill Pronzini
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-02-17 - Publisher: Speaking Volumes

Bill Pronzini's “Nameless Detective”—the San Francisco-based, Italian-American, slightly overweight, thoroughly charming favorite of mystery aficionados, whose name is never revealed—returns with one of his cleverest, most intense cases. Why would a successful, good-looking young man, who had just won two hundred thousand dollars at a Lake Tahoe casino, kill himself?
Jackpot
Language: en
Pages: 416
Authors: Michael Mechanic
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-04-13 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A senior editor at Mother Jones dives into the lives of the extremely rich, showing the fascinating, otherworldly realm they inhabit—and the insidious ways this realm harms us all. Have you ever fantasized about being ridiculously wealthy? Probably. Striking it rich is among the most resilient of American fantasies, surviving
Jackpot
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Tarvis El Alberty
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10 - Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

In this gripping profile of Eugene Bulgarino, author Tarvis El Alberty takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of a unique Robin Hood-type of hustler, whose schemes were humorous at their the core. Eugene was a key figure in the largest slot machine casino heist in history.
Jackpot
Language: en
Pages: 301
Authors: Anita Renaghan
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-07 - Publisher: Kitchen Entertainment

“Simply stated, Jackpot is group therapy on wheels.” – Jennifer Alison, Editor Before pagers and cell phones, and before Facebook and YouTube even existed, five strangers in Chicago meet in a car on the ride of their life. Vi is a songwriter on the verge of moving to Nashville, and

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