THE FIX: INSIDE THE WORLD DRUG TRADE by Brian Freemantle (Tor Books: $16.95; 352 pp.). This fall, a news story from Scranton, Pa., made a brief blip on the news wires. It was an important story that should have gotten much more attention, as well as being useful to those interested in the world drug trade, the subject of Brian Freemantle's book "The Fix."
It seems that the owner of Air America, once the proud and secret property of the CIA, is a big-time cocaine trafficker. Frederick Luytjes, 38, has pleaded guilty in Scranton to cocaine smuggling and is in protective custody. One of his pilots, John F. Robertson III, 39, of Palos Verdes, pleaded guilty to a single drug trafficking charge and gave up $8 million from a five-year conspiracy that smuggled 7 1/2 tons of cocaine into the United States from Colombia.
You won't read about them or others with close ties to our national government in "The Fix," which offers readers the official (or at best semi-official) version of events in the world of drug trafficking. And as every reporter worth his ink soon learns, the official version of events may not be a lie, but it is almost never anywhere near the truth.