Thriller. Heroin; the facts and the politics. Smuggling, sex, murder and high-level corruption. Suspense. Secret Service involvement. Gritty reality, not cardboard heroes. Thoroughly researched.
Facts. 1971/72 - French Customs apprehended a shrimp boat carrying the largest heroin shipment ever detected.
- The French Secret Service [SDECE] was gutted & rebuilt. 90% of its hierarchy, and a third of its agents, were despatched, many linked with the heroin pipeline between France and America – the ‘French Connection.’
- President Richard Nixon launched his ‘War on Drugs’ and forced Turkey to ban the cultivation of opium poppies - the last crop to be harvested in the spring of 1972.
- France’s foremost heroin chemist was imprisoned, for the last time.
- Kurdish separatists skyjacked a plane to force the release of compatriots.
The novel - France’s most notorious criminal is sprung from prison. A link to Kurdish separatists destroys the life of a Turkish airhostess.
In Sydney a forged passport sets an Australian narcotics agent, and the SDECE, on parallel missions to unravel a conspiracy of corruption, murder and a drugs case where little is at it appears on the surface. The politics of France and Australia are caught in an intricately woven web.
The Webspinner has anticipated every move by every player.
Not your classic triumph of good over evil - more realistic. No superheroes here.