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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Release Notes for Unforgiving Destiny

UNFORGIVING DESTINY - The Relentless Pursuit of a Black Marketeer
Released, 2 May 2017

Unforgiving Destiny follows the true story of the 37-year pursuit by authorities on five continents to imprison and execute David McMillan as he travelled as an independent smuggler. Dogged by an obsessed DEA agent, McMillan was jailed in Australia, and faced the death penalty in Thailand before escaping prison only to be captured again in Pakistan after crossing the Afghan border.
Recovering from every downfall, McMillan rebuilds his life and network from the ashes time and again only to find the same agency faces behind the next arrest. In this private history, readers are taken to the streets of New York City and Colombia, then through the war-zones of Afghanistan and underground cells in Karachi. At the same time, McMillan balances a double life of a London gentleman with the women in his life oblivious to his true nature.

“I’d written Escape in response to a suggestion by the thriller writer, Stephen Leather, and in a style that kept my own motivations simple: ruthless trade. The place and time are told through the prison characters I’d met. Yet, it became clear that readers wanted more. With Unforgiving Destiny, I took a different approach. It explains why I chose the dangerous path, and, as best as I can, what the trade of smugglers and the people involved were actually like over the past thirty years. As well, I’ve never read any books of the underworld that seem to have real people.”
“I’m not a big fan of biographies. Actors are funny, adventurers are brave — but neither truthful. And mostly the books are aimless rivers of stories. With Unforgiving Destiny, I’ve tried to go beyond True-Crime clich├ęs, especially concerning the women who appear throughout the book.”

The Ruthless Pursuit of a Black Marketeer

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Thailand Demands Extradition - then withdraws...

I have just surfaced from a fresh nightmare that might have been fatal. Three years ago Thailand had its first success with extradition from the west in 100 years. An expat Birmingham kickboxer Lee Aldhouse killed a US marine in a Phuket bar fight. After many appeals, the kickboxer was sent to Thailand to stand trial for murder. This success led them to turn to another name long on its list. I’ve spent a couple of years fighting the Thai extradition claim to have me stand trial on the 25-year-old drug case from which I fled in the mid-‘90s. I was arrested in 2014, imprisoned at Wandsworth, and challenged the case at Westminster Court. Just two weeks before I was due to be flown back, the case collapsed. I had excellent lawyers, for once. If returned I would have been chained to a cell wall and not eligible for repatriation until the age of 76. Assuming I lived that long. Although I’ve faced execution a few times in my life, previously I’ve always had a B-plan; most reliably, escape. Here I was relying on lawyers and luck. Rarely a happy combination. What saved me in the end was time and politics. The Thai court’s warrant against me expired on 26 September 2016, and just a fortnight before, the Thais’ lawyer withdrew the request. Although Thailand agreed not to execute me, I would have been on death row for the rest of my life. They were keen, too. Usually, in extraditions, one never sees anyone from the requesting country as the holding country pays for the foreigners’ lawyers. In my case, at every hearing, a Miss Kittikat (or something like that; the Thai Attorney-General’s deputy) sat glaring at me, sometimes accompanied by Odd-Job’s twin brothers in black suits. I suspect Thailand didn’t really want me back in their prisons. The generals were happy to have won in the British courts – yet if I’d been taken back I would have been subject to the revenge of prison guards – some 11 had lost their jobs – and the world inside Thai jails is ruled by the staff, not the officials of the justice department. After the guarantees given to the UK government, it would be an embarrassment to find me dead in some cell within months. Now, the case is dead and can never haunt me in any jurisdiction again. But no one should ever say never. More on this and Unforgiving Destiny

Sunday, 26 July 2009

See Danny Dyer and David McMillan TV

Missed the Danny Dyer series Deadliest men where Danny and I share a few feeds?
Lucky you! Well, if punishment is your thing, try these links - all seven of them on You Tube show each segment from the Bravo TV series via Virgin media.
Of course, there's links in the show ESCAPE: the true story of the only Westerner to escape from the Bangkok Hilton, but they're buried deep.
Danny got off light with me. I see Danny Dire gets punched in the next episode. Here's 1-7:
After you've had your fill of high seas adventure and iffy Thai home stir-fry
, try the trick Danny Dire parody the best of which include Danny Dire in Russia. I've a feeling Virgin plug money in this one.,,12555~1231214,00.html,,12555~1131009,00.html