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Publisher's Summary

The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami's cocaine cowboys heyday - and an inspiration for the blockbuster film Scarface....

In the '70s, coke hit Miami with the full force of a hurricane, and no place attracted dealers and dopers like Coconut Grove's Mutiny at Sailboat Bay. Hollywood royalty, rock stars, and models flocked to the hotel's club to order bottle after bottle of Dom and to snort lines alongside narcos, hit men, and gunrunners, all while marathon orgies burned upstairs in elaborate fantasy suites.

Amid the boatloads of powder and cash reigned the new kings of Miami: three waves of Cuban immigrants vying to dominate the trafficking of one of the most lucrative commodities ever known to man. But as the kilos - and bodies - began to pile up, the Mutiny became target number one for law enforcement.

Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-seen documents, Hotel Scarface is a portrait of a city high on excess and greed, an extraordinary work of investigative journalism offering an unprecedented view of the rise and fall of cocaine - and the Mutiny - in Miami.

©2017 Roben Farzad (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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Great read/listen

Read this back in October, now just finished the audiobook version. It transports you back in time to say the least, and will have you googling left and right if you're somewhat of a history buff. Of course it doesn't hurt to already be somewhat familiar with the cast of characters. Highly recommended

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All around great!

for anybody who is a fan of the Cocaine Cowboys documentaries or the movie Scarface or the city of Miami any one of those three this book is a must. The author does a great job getting your to know each character that was involved in importing cocaine into Miami and didn't obsess over Pablo Escobar like a lot of books tend to do. His name was mentioned because obviously if you talking about cocaine in the seventies and eighties his name has to be mentioned but it focused on some of the minor characters who are very interesting and some of the kingpins that were just over the top and it all centered around one hotel.

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Ehh...

I found myself ready for this book to end. it loosely follows a few main characters and constantly sprinkles in brief stories about other players and characters that add very little to overall story and go nowhere.

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if walls could talk

great book. it goes great with the cocaine cowboys. it's amazing how much money went through one hotel.

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Just ok

Worth finishing , but thats it. Story didn’t have “legs” for a full book. Got tedious. None of the characters were particularly interesting or compelling.

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A must for any South Floridian

Great listen/read!

This book does an incredible job of highlighting the absolute madness going on in South Florida during the 70's-90's. It also (finally) tells the story going on at the local level that is overlooked by the endless number of Pablo Escobar documentaries.

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The full Monty

This book captures the zeitgeist that inhabited that hotel, the city and the possibilities of everyone caught up in the drama. Having been born and raised in MIA this book makes a credible snap shot of a time that glittered in the outside but inside was another story. And there are still other stories to tell.

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  • Linda Dunn
  • Coconut Grove, Florida United States
  • 04-13-18

Great True Crime Story

Whether you lived in South Florida and remember the Cocaine Cowboys or not, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat!