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Snowing in Bali: The Incredible Inside Account of Bali's Hidden Drug World [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Bonella
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From the bestselling author of HOTEL KEROBOKAN or HOTEL K (UK title)  - about Bali's most notorious prison -  comes an incredible account of Bali's hidden drug world. With unprecedented access to some of Bali's biggest international bosses and local dealers, Kathryn Bonella has written a book even more explosive and revelatory than Hotel K.

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Among the island's drug dealers 'It's snowing in Bali' is code that the south-east Asian paradise is full of cocaine. For the men who run the country's drug empires, it's time to get rich and party hard. Snowing in Bali is the story of the drug trafficking and dealing scene that's made Bali one of the world's most important destinations in the global distribution of narcotics. Kathryn Bonella, bestselling author of Hotel K, has been given extraordinary access into the lives of some of the biggest players in Bali's drug world. She charts their rise to incredible wealth and power, and their drug-fuelled lifestyles: filled with orgies, outrageous extravagance and surfing. From the highs of multi-million dollar deals to the desperate lows of death row in an Indonesian high security jail, Snowing in Bali is a unique, uncensored insight into a hidden world.

About the Author

Kathryn Bonella has worked as a journalist in television and print and as a producer for the prestigious current affairs programme 60 Minutes, covering stories all round the world. In 2005 she moved to Bali to write Schapelle Corby's autobiography, No More Tomorrows. It instantly became a number one bestseller and is now sold in six languages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7080 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009P1WF4E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathryn Bonella has worked internationally as a journalist in television and print since completing a degree in journalism at Melbourne's RMIT University. She moved to London immediately afterwards, and worked for newspapers including the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail, as well as several tv programs.

After several years in London Kathryn returned to Australia to work full-time as a producer for 60 Minutes - covering stories ranging from; teeth - the debate over braces and extractions, (; the Bali bombings, to lighter celebrity interviews - including Robbie Williams, Reese Witherspoon and Princess Mary's wedding in Copenhagen.

But it was the story of Australian beauty school student, Schapelle Corby, - arrested at Bali airport with 4.2kgs of dope in her body board bag and sentenced to 20 years - that spring boarded Kathryn into writing books.
Covering the story for 60 Minutes, she got to know the 27-year-old beauty student and her family and they asked Kathryn to co-write her autobiography, titled NO MORE TOMORROWS. (Australian title; MY STORY)

Kathryn followed up writing another best seller, HOTEL K, - about Bali's most notorious prison, and a third book in what has become her Bali trilogy, SNOWING IN BALI - about Bali's top cocaine dealers, many who first moved to the island to surf but started trafficking to pay for the lifestyle.

These three books are all now international best sellers, published in several languages.

To read more go to Kathryn's website:

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly insightful. 31 Jan. 2013
What a book. I just happened upon it by chance and, when I saw that it referenced Peru, I had to take a look. (I live in Peru part-time, that's why it caught my eye.) Well I have to say that it was a right good read indeed! It gripped me from page one and, truth be told, I didn't put it down until I had finished it. It showed me what it's like to be a drug king in Bali and it's an incredible, glamorous, scary and dangerous life! The author writes as if she's lived the life too and has an easygoing style that belies the stark reality she's describing. As I read I kept asking myself 'I wonder if it would be worth it?'. Do those men she interviewed completely regret their choices? I really don't think so, and it intrigues me to no end. While I don't agree with what they did on a moral scale I wonder if I myself, when faced with the choice to become a drug dealer in a country where drugs get the death penalty, would I have said yes or no? What man wouldn't be tempted by the lifestyle? The money? The women? The cars? Like I said, it's a great read and I highly recommend it. One thing's for sure; it will leave you thinking.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away - fascinating 5 Mar. 2013
I loved this book from start to finish. I simply couldn't put it down and read it in 2 sittings. It blew me away to see this world up close. The book starts with a bang and doesnt stop. Chapter one takes you into a big orgy with drug dealers and models. Very graphic and you feel like you are there. That's why I love this book, and this author's earlier one Hotel K - the writing style is compelling and really carries you into the scenes and the moment.. It moves fast and kept me on the edge of my seat. I bought this book after reading and loving Bonella's earlier book `Hotel K', about a Bali prison,it was shocking and gripping - and Snowing in Bali did not disappoint. Highly recommend to anyone interested in true crime.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down 31 Jan. 2013
By gayle
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This book is brilliant, it captures you from page 1, the way it is written you feel as though you know every person in the book as a friend, I have to admit that I read it far too quickly, I just wanted to turn each page over to find out what is happening, I finished the book today, but tonight I will start reading it again, just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. I have never ever reread a book straight away, but this one I have got too. I would also like to read another book with a follow up on what happens to these people in the future. BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
A wealthy playboy is running scared. His years of drug dealing are over. The cars, the girls, the fun. All over. A snitch has been arrested - he must run.

Meanwhile, a rat scuttles across the filthy concrete floor of Bali's Kerobokan Prison. A prisoner serving years for drug trafficking grabs it, kills it with his bare hands and cooks a 'tasty meal'. A mentally disturbed woman, naked from the waist down, has sexual intercourse with a male prisoner through the bars of a cell.

Going deep inside Bali's underworld - spending hours, weeks, months, talking to Bali's most dangerous criminals is why journalist Kathryn Bonella's books are bestsellers. Most journalists would shy away from interviewing these characters. Choosing instead to limit their research to libraries and newspaper archives. What if it goes wrong? What if they are accused of being a cop? What if the prisoner turns violent or makes demands? With corruption rife, no guard will save them. No editor would dare send a journalist on such an assignment. It's too risky. The decision to enter the lions den has to be the journalist's alone. As a leading authority on Bali's underworld, Bonella invites us into a world that the tourist has no idea about. As they calmly enter a bar, and smile at the man working the door - they have no idea he is a member of a notorious gang (it begins with L but I won't type it in case they kill me!)

Snowing in Bali (snow is dealer-speak for cocaine) is my most 'edge-of-seat read' since Hotel k. The dealers are risking a lot - just discussing their crimes could cause a lot of problems for them. And that is why the book is so enjoyable. We are seeing into a world that we are not supposed to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb, Dark and Thrilling Book 30 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I love Bonella's writing style and the razor-sharp way that she creates a scene. A scene that she has spent months, years investigating. As a journalist, she gives an eye witness account of Bali's drug scene that other writers could only dream of. She is like a war reporter, but without the protection of a camera crew.

I am not a fast reader, yet I had to cancel a dinner arrangement because I could not put this down. I have never enjoyed a book as much or been left with so much after-thought. I actually found myself thinking about the fate of some of the prisoners while lying in bed, and feeling an urge to know how things are going.

There is definite room for a follow-up. Fingers crossed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid images created, captivating story 7 Mar. 2013
By Crystal
Snowing in Bali has become one of my favorite books. The author, having written another one of my favorites; Hotel K (where British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford is on death row) created a very high standard for `edge of your seat' stories. I have to say that Katheryn Bonella did it again, and hit that standard for me once again. In this book, we get insight on Bali's drug capital, the jail life, and the interesting dirty work done behind the scenes for the big time dealers. I was captivated from start to finish, the words forming in my mind to make vivid pictures all the way through. I would suggest this book to all adults (I would say no 17 or younger, on account of the graphic details and mature content..) Awesome book, awesome author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible tale of surf,crime, and hedonism!
Having read countless, books on this type of subject. Such as Mr Nice Howard Marks, back in the nineties, to : "One Way Ticket - the Bali Nine. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Madogthz
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome read. Highly recommend it to anyone who loves a great book to get lost in and to learn something.
Published 23 days ago by Tia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Incredibly interesting story certainly does not glorify the lives of these criminals, interesting twist to the fate of one of the main characters happened earlier this year (2015)
Published 29 days ago by Robin Tandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
A great insight into the drug world. Riveting and informative. Excellent reading.
Published 1 month ago by Harry Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book real eye opener on Bali and it's dark side
Published 1 month ago by D. J. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, gripping
Compelling book. Unputdownable.
Published 1 month ago by Molly Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeps you away. Excellent book.
Great book to read after hotel.K.snowing in bali is a very entertaining and riveting look into the world of bali's western drug dealers. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joel Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
amazing book
Published 2 months ago by Stephanie Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is addicted. You can't stop reading it ! Great book !
Published 3 months ago by cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!!!
Finished it in 3 nights. Reads really well and the characters are explained thoroughly. Will read other books by this writer
Published 4 months ago by matty
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