Publishing companies occasionally send me ARCs to review here on Babylon Falling, but because they offer no payment other than the joy of receiving free books (that my local used bookstore refuses to buy), and since my résumé already reads like an outtake from “When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong,” I see no harm in ignoring them. So, instead of reviewing the bullshit that random publicists mail out, I’ve decided to devote my energy to a semi-regular feature called Babylon Falling: One Book at a Time wherein I feature backlist and out of print books that I already own. Forward!
Snowblind by Robert Sabbag
“The most authentic inside story of the big-time cocaine traffic that has hit print, and Sabbag tells it with novelistic razzle-dazzle, setting down knife-sharp scenes as the action moves: Mexico, New York’s big hotels, Harlem streets, Bogota’s high and low-life—scenes and characters that make your skin crawl….a compelling read.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“One of the best books about drugs ever written” — Robert Stone
“A flat-out ballbuster. It moves like a threshing machine with a fuel tank full of ether. This guy Sabbag is a whip-song writer.” — Hunter S. Thompson
“One of the first books about the cocaine trade and it is still among the best.” — Norman Mailer