5 Stars A wild, fascinating read…
By Vanya Limonov on January 19, 2000
Danish investigative author Henrik Kruger set out to write a book about Christian David, a French criminal with a colorful past, and wound up writing a book that spans all continents and names names all the way up to Richard Nixon! The same names keep popping up here and in other books of its type, like Howard Hunt and other various CIA spooks and gangsters. A few of the characters have even been named in connection with the JFK assassination. This is not some bizarre conspiracy theory book, however, as everything is thorougly researched and annotated.
The basic premise is that the Nixon administration/CIA wanted to eliminate the old French Connection and replace it with heroin from the Golden Triangle, partly in order to help finance operations in Southeast Asia. He also goes into the relationships between French and US intelligence services and organized crime.
This is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. In fact, I've read it three times, and wouldn't mind reading it again. Even if you don't buy the premise, it's very informative regarding the structure of French secret services.
Another good author in this same vein is Michael Levine, former DEA agent who quit in disgust after investigation after investigation was torpedoed by the CIA on the grounds of “national security”.