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Beach Brothers Operation Playboy article

Australian author Kathryn Bonella has a penchant for stories like Midnight Express. With her book Operation Playboy, she returns to the fascinating saga of Brazilian narcotrafficking surfers who do not lack panache. A graduate of RMIT University in Melbourne, Kathryn makes her debut for television. She plays the ball of pinball across the globe and…

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TRACKS FEATURES SNOWING IN BALI: part One

2.8 MILLION TOURISTS TRAVELLED TO BALI LAST YEAR, HOW MANY OF THEM WERE SMUGGLING DRUGS? Snowing in Bali by Kathryn Bonella is a graphic insight into the hidden world of Bali’s top western cocaine bosses many who first went to Bali to surf. With unprecedented access into their lives author Kathryn Bonella charts their rise…

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TRACKS FEATURES SNOWING IN BALI: PART TWO

SNOWING IN BALI – PART TWO Hells Angels, drug fueled orgies and outrageous extravegance in the second instalment of Snowing in Bali Snowing in Bali by Kathryn Bonella is a graphic insight into the hidden world of Bali’s top western cocaine bosses many who first went to Bali to surf. With unprecedented access into their…

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The crime thriller you need to read this summer

“Operation Playboy” is the book you need to pick up this holiday season. It outlines the lavish lifestyles of some of the world’s most dangerous criminals, the drug lords of South America who are dominating the cocaine trade. Acclaimed Australian author Kathryn Bonella tells Chris Smith about the real “playboys” behind her new book. “I’ve…

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The playboy drug runners

“WE WERE sniffing and drinking champagne, and then this guy starts pissing me off. He wanted to get some blow, and so I put this bag in front of him and say: ‘You want to sniff?’ ‘No, I want to buy.’ “No, I’m not selling drugs,” I say. ‘But you wanna sniff?’ He says, ‘Yeah,’…

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‘Playing Russian roulette with a firing squad’: Why educated adrenaline junkies are lining up to be drug mules

For four-and-a-half years, author Kathryn Bonella has been running with dangerous company. The former 60 Minutes journalist infiltrated drug circles in Brazil to research her latest book. And she found out that not all traffickers are desperate favela dwellers – quite the opposite. Brazilian drug smuggler Rodrigo Gularte escorted by Indonesian National Drug Bureau officers…

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Nine News – Inside the lives of Bali’s top drug dealers

    Some of the boards used for drug trafficking. Young surfers who came to Bali in search of perfect waves have become some of the island’s biggest drug traffickers. A new book reveals how the top dealers rose to power by inventing ways of packing cocaine into windsurfing booms and hiring packers to stitch…

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The Lindsay Sandiford fairy tale: blog by Kathryn Bonella

By Kathryn Bonella; Author of Hotel K and Snowing in Bali. When 27-year-old French chef Michael Blanc was busted at Bali airport with 4 kilos of hashish in his dive tanks, he quickly told police they belonged to his friend Phillip in Bangkok. Unfortunately, his friend was unreachable and Michael was sentenced to life in…

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The Bachelor’s Megan Marx reading about Bali’s hidden drug world

Last week, footage surfaced of her appearing to eat magic mushrooms with a female friend in her new home, Bali. And on Wednesday, former Bachelor contestant Megan Marx was pictured reading about the island’s ‘hidden drug world’. Taking to her Instagram Story, the 28-year-old flaunted the book ‘Snowing in Bali’, while captioning the video: ‘Hard afternoons work’.…

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Their friends faced firing squad but playboys kept drug running

AUSTRALIAN journalist Kathryn Bonella plunged into the world of young adrenaline junkie drug runners and how greed, firing squads and a dedicated detective ended their decadent world. Hot cop Fernando Caieron, who became obsessed the catching the surfing playboy drug runners.Source:Supplied WE had a problem. I was in Bali and he was in a maximum…

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The crime thriller you need to read this summer

“Operation Playboy” is the book you need to pick up this holiday season. It outlines the lavish lifestyles of some of the world’s most dangerous criminals, the drug lords of South America who are dominating the cocaine trade. Acclaimed Australian author Kathryn Bonella tells Chris Smith about the real “playboys” behind her new book. “I’ve…

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Snowfall in Bali by SURFER MAGAZINE

The siren song of Balinese surf has seen many surfers bend the rules to get there. Photo: Borghi Originally published in our May issue. In 2003, a South American surfer attempted to smuggle two and a half kilos of cocaine from Peru to the surfing Mecca of Bali in his surfboards. The payoff from the…

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TRACKS Magazine features Snowing in Bali

2.8 MILLION TOURISTS TRAVELLED TO BALI LAST YEAR, HOW MANY OF THEM WERE SMUGGLING DRUGS? SNOWING IN BALI by Kathryn Bonella is a graphic insight into the hidden world of Bali’s top western cocaine bosses many who first went to Bali to surf. With unprecedented access into their lives author Kathryn Bonella charts their rise…

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Hotel K song

  Reading Hotel K inspired British songwriter Kev Scott to create a song about the notorious Bali jail. KEV: “Kathryn seems to pull you inside Hotel K whether you want to or not, and I really got a feeling that I’d been in there among the murderers, sex offenders, drug dealers and of course –…

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CNN – The darker side of Paradise: drugs, mules & tourism

The following story is adapted from Kathryn Bonella’s new book, “Snowing in Bali,” for which she spent 18 months interviewing convicted drug criminals in Bali’s Kerobokan Prison. When Rafael, a Brazilian surfer, flew into Bali for the first time, he quickly fell in love — not with his girlfriend, but with the island. It was…

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The dark heart – IRISH TIMES

The case of a young Australian woman’s imprisonment brought author Kathryn Bonella to the terrifying Kerobokan jail in Bali’s tourist area. She returned to lift the lid on an overcrowded institution ruled by violence, drugs and corruption, writes ARMINTA WALLACE THEY come from every corner of the world, from Brazil and India, from Italy and…

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Walled Hell: The Daily Telegraph

KEROBOKAN Prison’s walls touch paradise – surrounded by sun-kissed beaches, luxury villas and the best restaurants in Bali’s Seminyak and Legian areas. Inside those walls it’s a living hell; a seedy, bizarre world where the unimaginable and shocking become routine life. By Kathryn Bonella Schapelle Corby barely reacted when she found a prisoner hanging by…

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WALLED HELL

For inmates of Kerobokan life is just a nightmare Bali’s prison is a furnace of sex, drugs and brutality SATURDAY EXTRACT by Kathryn Bonella KEROBOKAN Prison’s walls touch paradise – surrounded by sun-kissed beaches, luxury villas and the best restaurants in Bali’s Seminyak and Legian areas. Inside those walls, it’s a living hell; a seedy,…

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Inside Bali’s Hotel Kerobokan – the Bali Times

Palm trees, lawns, a tennis court and room service: What at first glance looks like a cheap resort in Bali is in fact a notorious jail. Kerobokan Prison – where sex and drugs are reportedly rampant among the 1,015 inmates who include 60 foreigners – was taken over last week by rioting prisoners after a…

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