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Andrew J. Rafkin and Louis Pagano are pleased to announce the promotion of their book Angles Gate. This is the true story of the largest heist in history that was never told.
In 1983 the rapidly growing city of LA and beachfront communities were active in the illicit drug trade, successfully operating through Angels Gate Lighthouse, and LAX, the gate to the City of Angels. This true story is a recounting of the largest monetary heist in history, carried out by four local surfers, and August Taracina, a successful marijuana smuggler. The heist proceeds with only minor hitches...until the bags of loot are opened. Much to the thieves' chagrin, there is no cash, no gold - nothing but financial instruments that cannot be cashed.
While still in command of one of the largest marijuana smuggling operation on the west coast, August begins a whirlwind, worldwide tour with his connections to organized crime, the Medellin Cartel, and international bankers, as he attempts to fence the items. Other gangs, along with their treachery and murder pursue him, as well as FBI agent Nick Cutler and his team, the Treasury Department, and Interpol. During this maelstrom, August devises an incredible plan to satisfy everyone's interest and fulfill their dreams.
Now, all he has to do is make it happen.
Author: Andrew J. Rafkin and Louis Pagano
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Published: February 2012
About The Authors:
Andrew J. Rafkin, was born in 1946 in San Pedro, California, grew up in a commercial fishing family. Through high school, he worked on sportfishing boats, and at seventeen went commercial fishing with his father, captain of a large Purse Seiner, during summer vacation. Two years later, he worked aboard a ninety-foot fishing boat, which was caught in a hurricane force storm where Andrew almost lost his life. These events later served as inspiration for his first nonfiction true-life adventure, Red Sky Morning. He is a successful entrepreneur and president of Palos Verdes Security Systems, and certified by the Department of Homeland Security.
Andrew has received the EVVY literary award for Red Sky Morning and the Readers Favorite Awards for his Madness trilogy Creating Madness, Mediterranean Madness, and Mexican Madness.
Louis Pagono was born 1947, in San Pedro, California. He worked on the docks on his family’s commercial fishing boats, and later in his parent’s restaurant, Luigi’s. Later he joined the Merchant Marines, and worked on the freighters moving cargo up and down the Pacific Coast.
Pagono’s friendship with Andrew Rafkin began in grammar school. Later in life, they resumed their relationship, and were destined to co-author this phenomenal story.
For more information, review copies, or interviews please contact:
Andrew J. Rafkin
Angels Gate is available for purchase online through the author’s website, from the publisher, Amazon.com, BN.com and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.