Since I had worked a reference to Columbia into Name in the Papers , my novel with Helping Hands Press, I was intrigued to be invited to speak in Medellin in the intervening time since I was last on the blog show. The first draft of Name in the Papers was written back in 2001, when the story was originally set (before the attack on the Twin Towers). So, it was quite an interesting development to be invited to a place referenced in the tale. Flying over the country, I was struck by the fact that the cities, nestled in valleys, are separated from one another by the mountains so each one is like a city state. Bandits are reported lurking on the tops of the mountains and sometimes militias are along the country roads, so not many travel by car between cities, so a powerful warlord like Pablo Escobar could isolate a city and put it in a kind of thralldom, which he did for a number of years. He cemented his hold on the people by ostentatious acts of generosity and ran his drug trade out of this lovely area by buying off or killing off any opposition. Finally, he killed the wrong presidential candidate, we were told, and the son marshalled the army and had him arrested. Escobar in fear changed his location of determent and this brought the authorities down on him.
Listen in to the conversation as Dr. Spencer describes everything in detail on his recent blogtalk radio visit:
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Dr. Spencer seen shoveling out from under the snow in Boston,Mass. recently this Winter: