At the Devil's Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel

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Random House Publishing Group, Jun 21, 2011 - True Crime - 368 pages
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In this riveting and relentless nonfiction thriller, award-winning investigative reporter William C. Rempel tells the harrowing story of former Cali cartel insider Jorge Salcedo, an ordinary man facing an extraordinary dilemma—a man forced to risk everything to escape the powerful and treacherous Cali crime syndicate.

Colombia in the 1990s is a country in chaos, as a weak government battles guerrilla movements and narco-traffickers, including the notorious Pablo Escobar and his rivals in the Cali cartel. Enter Jorge Salcedo, a part-time soldier, a gifted engineer, a respected businessman and family man—and a man who despises Pablo Escobar for patriotic and deeply personal reasons. He is introduced to the godfathers of the Cali cartel, who are at war with Escobar and desperately want their foe dead. With mixed feelings, Jorge agrees to help them.

Once inside, Jorge rises to become head of security for Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela, principal godfather of the $7-billion-a-year Cali drug cartel. Jorge tries to turn a blind eye to the violence, corruption, and brutality that surround him, and he struggles privately to preserve his integrity even as he is drawn deeper into the web of cartel operations. Then comes an order from the godfathers that he can’t obey—but can’t refuse. Jorge realizes that his only way out is to bring down the biggest, richest crime syndicate of all time.

Thus begins a heart-pumping roller-coaster ride of intensifying peril. Secretly aided by a pair of young American DEA agents, Jorge races time and cartel assassins to extract damaging evidence, help capture the fugitive godfather, and save the life of a witness targeted for murder. Through it all, death lurks a single misstep away.

William C. Rempel is the only reporter with access to this story and to Jorge, who remains in hiding somewhere in the United States—even the author doesn’t know where—but has revealed his experience in gripping detail. Salcedo’s is the story of one extraordinary ordinary man forced to risk everything to end a nightmare of his own making.


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Fascinating insight into the Cali cartel

User Review  - Hodders75 - Tesco

From start to finish, this book had me hooked! Normally books about organised crime do not appeal to me as they tend to glamourize criminals, but this book showed the true and often desperate side of ... Read full review

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If this was a novel you might find it over the top with paranoia and unbelievable plot lines. That it is a true story makes it a chilling look into cartel life. Jorge Salcedo's somewhat misdirected ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
PART ONE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART THREE
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PART TWO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BACKGROUND
The Backstory
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
Copyright

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William C. Rempel spent thirty-six years as an investigative reporter and editor at the Los Angeles Times. Rempel has been recognized with numerous journalism honors, including an Overseas Press Club Award, and a Gerald Loeb Award, and he was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.


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