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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 William C. Rempel (P)2011 Random House

Critic Reviews

"A fast-paced, heart-racing nonfiction thriller." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Thrilling

William Rempel's book reads like a thriller, is filmic in its visual imagery, and is a remarkably thorough piece of journalistic writing. It is a pleasure to read something this riveting and yet layered in character and context. Wow.

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A must read for all NARCOS fans

Well written, researched based account of what happened during the peak of drug cartels in Columbia . I'm glad to know a peace loving geek saved so many lives in the end.

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El Diablo

inside look into the cali cartel . Narrator was great. Recommended this book good story.

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  • Thomas
  • McKinney, TX
  • 05-03-16

Kept me listening

If an audiobook gives me that "I can't wait to listen to more if that" feeling than it deserves 5 stars. This was a great story by a key figure in the Cali cartel.

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true story - chilling a real page turner

What did you love best about At the Devil's Table?

The fact that the story is a true report a the life of a man who lifed among dangerous criminals and found a way out

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The relativization of his values as he started to work to a drug cartel, and at last used his knowledge to play a decisive role in the downfall of the drug lords of the cartel de Cali, with graet risk for his and his falily's lifes

Have you listened to any of Fred Sanders’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

never heard of him before

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

The post Pablo Escobar history of Colombiais somehow neglected. I wanted to have an insigth into what happened in Colombia after Pablo Escobrar's death and the change in power from Medelin to Cali in the leadereship of the drug busines.

Any additional comments?

After reading the book I watheced to the serie "En la boca del Lobo" at netflix. Excellent reconstruction of time and a serie that is worth to be watched even if you do not listen the book

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Riveting

Bought this thinking I could listen to it in the background, but I found myself glued to it so riveting was the story. Reminded me of Netflix 'Narcos' and 'Argo' in the suspense category. Props to 'Jorge' for risking everything to bring down some awful monsters and to the US DEA agents for sticking with him to get him and his family out of Colombia.

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  • Valorie
  • FAIRVIEW, NC, United States
  • 09-03-12

Don't forget to breath

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that immediately pulls you in.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It was almost impossible for me to put down. You never knew what was coming next.


Which character – as performed by Fred Sanders – was your favorite?

I liked the main character. He rocked his life to save his families and "do the right thing"

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get ready for a roller coaster ride

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  • Elana
  • NASHVILLE, TN, United States
  • 08-20-12

incredible story. well told.

it's a truly fantastic story and it was performed superbly. jorge is a lovable criminal with a captivating moral dilemma and inspiring courage. i would recommend this to anyone.

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A great read

I highly recommend this book. I liked the main character rooted for him all the way through. I can only imagine the stress and trauma he endured.

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I was really engaged throughout the whole story!

If you could sum up At the Devil's Table in three words, what would they be?

It was thrilling

What other book might you compare At the Devil's Table to and why?

there isn't really any other book I compare this story with.

What does Fred Sanders bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well his awesome sense of emotion.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

It interested me since I've been doing a lot of research on Pablo Escobar's time