Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Written for the Road

MR NICE is the journey of one Howard Marks, a Welsh man who grew up wanting to be a school teacher, but somehow became one the world's most notorious drug dealers. Set over thirty years, beginning in 1960's London, Mr. Nice showed how a chance meeting with one person changed a life forever. After Howard Marks found his talent for selling drugs, his ordinary world became extraordinary. Money, cars, women; Howard Marks might as well been a rock star. In the peak of his career, Marks dealt up to 30 tons of marijuana and had contacts with well known agencies like MI6, CIA, IRA, and the Mafia. By the 1980's, Howard Marks was on the run. At that time, he had over forty-three aliases, eighty-nine phone lines, and twenty-five companies trading throughout the world. Following a worldwide DEA investigation, Howard Marks was busted and sentenced to twenty-five years in an Indiana prison. In April of 1995, he was released after serving seven years. The stories Marks complied over 30 years of drug dealing are funny, sad, and unbelievable.

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