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Gabriel Garcia Marquezs News of a Kidnapping is a powerful retelling of actual events from a turbulent period of Colombian history. She looked over her shoulder before getting into the car to be sure no one was following herPablo Escobar: billionaire drugs baron- ruthless manipulator brutal killer and jefe of the infamous Madellin cartel. A man whose importance in the international drug trade and renown for his charitable work among the poor brought him influence and power in his home country of Colombia- and the unwanted attention of the American courts.Terrified of the new Colombian Presidents determination to extradite him to America- Escobar found the best bargaining tools he could find: hostages.In the winter of 1990- ten relatives of Colombian politicians- mostly women- were abducted and held hostage as Escobar attempted to strong-arm the government into blocking his extradition. Two died- the rest survived- and from their harrowing stories Marquez retells- with vivid clarity- the terror and uncertainty of those dark an volatile months.Reads with an urgency which belongs to the finest fiction. I have never read anything which gave a better sense of the way Colombia was in worst times Daily TelegraphCompellingly readable. A book with all the panache of Marquezs fiction- hitting home rather harder Sunday TimesA piece of remarkable investigative journalism made all the more brilliant by the authors talent for magical storytelling Financial Times... Please click here to ask a question
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