The Jolly Roger Social Club: A True Story of a Killer in Paradise (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)

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The true story of a series of bold killings which took place in a shadowy American expat community in Panama ― a tale of greed, political history, and murder. Journalist Nick Foster brings this uniquely bizarre place to life; shedding light on a community where many live under assumed names ― and sometimes people just disappear. “. . . this bone-chilling account of a small-time criminal turned expat serial killer in the tropics will draw readers in with its charm before springing the trap. The depiction of beautiful beaches, scenic and lush surroundings and booze-filled parties belies the danger that lurks beneath the surface while the assiduously researched reportage expertly integrates the fascinating history of Panama ― the politics, corruption and greed ― into the tale of a dangerous sociopath. For fans of true crime in exotic locales and the rum-soaked adventures of Hunter S. Thompson.” ― Bill's Bookshelf Selector, Bill Kelly

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About the Author:

Nick Foster was born in Liverpool in 1966 and educated at University College London. He worked for several years as a European Union diplomat, and as a stringer working out of Caracas, filing news stories and research to the UK broadsheets. He now writes features for the Financial Times and the International New York Times, among other outlets. He is also producing a documentary film on France's highest-profile cold case. Foster lives with his family in Belgium.

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''Nick Foster follows a twisted path into a tropical paradise -- or is it a tropical Hades? -- where no one goes by his real name, pasts are forgotten, and identities are as shifty as the tides. The Jolly Roger Social Club is noir reporting at its best, a true crime tale for our age, a deftly guided tour into a shadowy netherworld where the phrase 'last call' can be taken quite literally.'' --Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean, The Wave, and The Devil's Teeth

''The world has never seen a killer quite like William Dathan Holbert. Nick Foster's shrewdly told, rum-soaked, all-too-true tale of serial murder in the tropics is simply stunning.'' --Robert Kolker, author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

''The Jolly Roger Social Club is a gripping, enervating read -- sharply written, excellently observed and assiduously researched. In William 'Wild Bill' Cortez, Foster has found not only a larger-than-life character, but a back door into an expat island community. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of an under-reported corner of the world that balances the best of crime writing and pavement-pounding reportage. Keeping so many plates spinning is no easy task, yet Foster carries it off with enviable expertise. A Panamanian Cocaine Nights, only grounded in fact.'' --Oliver Balch, author of Viva South America

''If you've ever yearned to flee civilization for a tropical Caribbean hideaway, pick up Nick Foster's frightening The Jolly Roger Social Club before you do. It's like a nightmare version of 'House Hunters International'a lovely Panamanian resort town, happy American expats, and one crazed murderer who seemingly wants to kill them all.'' --Bryan Burrough, author of Days of Rage and Public Enemies

''William 'Wild Bill' Holbert could be a character drawn straight out of fiction: a diabolical killer who comes to the beaches of Panama, one of the most beautiful settings in the world, to wreak his special brand of havoc. What's especially amazing is that he was able to go for so long before other expats realized just what kind of man he was. The Jolly Roger Social Club is a fascinating tale of terror and madness.'' --Skip Hollandsworth, author of The Midnight Assassin

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