In the Shadow of Papillon

In the Shadow of Papillon Seven Years of Hell in Venezuela's Prison System

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Synopsis

Following the collapse of his business and the loss of his home, Frank Kane made a catastrophic decision. In desperation, he agreed to smuggle cocaine out of Venezuela. Almost inevitably, he and his girlfriend, Sam, were caught.

The price they paid was a ten-year sentence in the hell of the overcrowded Venezuelan prison system, notorious for corruption and abuse, and rife with weapons and gangs. At one point, Frank was held in the remote El Dorado prison, better known for being the one-time home of Henri Charrière, or Papillon. He witnessed countless murders as gang leaders fought for power, and he had to become as ruthless as his fellow inmates in order to survive. In an attempt to dull the reality of the horrendous conditions, he succumbed to drugs.

After enduring years of systematic beatings by the guards and attempts on his life by inmates, Frank suffered more than one breakdown. He lost over four stone and was riddled with disease, but somehow he found the strength within himself to survive and was eventually released in 2004 after serving over seven years of his sentence. During the long walk back from hell, Frank decided to tell his story.

Book information

ISBN: 9781845962517
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Pub date:
DEWEY: 363.45092
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 208g
Height: 215mm
Width: 131mm
Spine width: 18mm