A RIVETING TRUE STORY OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
Scoundrels in Paradise is the true story of a family drug business, operated across international borders, as told by insider and narrator Scott Adlai Stevenson. Scott was named for his older cousin Adlai E. Stevenson, who was a former two-time Presidential candidate and American Ambassador to the United Nations.
Scott recounts a roller coaster ride through the global counterculture of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. It is a ride of flamboyant decadence and adventure, that eventually ends in homelessness and tragedy.
Scott’s story begins in his early teens with his first drug smuggling experience at the self-seeking insistence of his older brother Ron. Over the course of nearly forty years, Scott travels the world inventing elaborate drug smuggling scams that continually outmaneuver the feds. He evokes a hip, dangerous, fast-paced lifestyle by creating diversions that are unique and witty. Scott survives on “smuggler’s ingenuity”, idiot’s luck and the love of exotic women. He manages to marry two Indonesian Princesses, including the great granddaughter of the most exalted Raja of Bali, as well as a Bugis, Torajan Princess from the Island of Sulawesi. His first wife was the granddaughter of a nomadic Berber chieftain.
This candidly written true story is infused with fascinating travels through the cultural landscapes of California, Hawaii, Europe, Morocco, Indonesia, Bangkok and beyond. Ominously and honestly, this path leads down a twisted road of lies and deception. It is a story of loves forged and loves lost; of selfishness, greed, deceit, lust, revenge, sorrow and truth. This book belongs to anyone who savors, the music of the era, with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Jefferson Airplane, Carlos Santana and more. It is a story of a life lived to its fullest and belongs to anyone who has savored a well-told story of intriguing adventure.