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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: William C. Rempel

Narrated By: Fred Sanders

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2011

Duration: 11 hours 13 minutes

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.


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  • Albert

    This book documents the conflict between the Medellin and Cali drug cartels, followed by the ascendency and demise of the Cali cartel, from the perspective of an insider who became an informant, events of the 1990s in Colombia. It is a chilling story of the depravity of the people and organizations supplying much of the international trade in cocaine and marijuana. It documents collaboration of government officials with organized crime, a collaboration that leaves ordinary citizens no place to turn for safety. The narrative is complete to the point of occasional tedium. I was persistent and felt it was worth sticking it out to learn about the concluding events.

  • Anonymous

    Really enjoyed this look into the Columbia Cartel...very enlightening and informative.

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