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

At the Devil's Table by William C. Rempel
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Mar 29, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: review-copies, culture-sociology, nonfiction, true-crime

This is a fascinating look at life in a country ruled by corruption and how easily a cartel can suck people in and own them. Jorge Salcedo was one of those unfortunate people who became Columbian cartel property, then spent most of the 1990s trying to get out. This story is his perspective, taken from nearly a decade of interviews by investigative reporter William Rempel.

I was immediately swept up in Jorge's life. This book puts us all in 1990s Columbia. We're shown the truth of how few options the people living there have and how far the cartel's control and influence can reach.

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