Howard Marks is the most famous drug smuggler of his age and a hero to a generation. On his release from one of America's toughest prisons, Howard made a promise to himself to go straight. No more drugs, no more smuggling, no more fake passports. He would retire to a quiet life with his family in the Balearic Islands of Spain. It didn't quite work out that way.
This was the mid-'90s - the height of the ecstasy and clubbing boom - and Ibiza was at the very centre of the vortex for the "E generation". Pills had taken the place of marijuana, Paul Oakenfold had replaced The Rolling Stones as the music of the masses and every year an army of Brits headed south to lose themselves to the excesses of the island's increasingly wild clubs.
It wasn't long before Howard found himself trying pure ecstasy and rubbing shoulders with some of the kingpins of the pill trade, including some of Britain's most notorious gangsters, who were laundering millions of pounds of gold stolen in the legendary Brink's-Mat bullion raid. As Britons descended on Ibiza ahead of one of the greatest summers of the decade, Howard was preparing for his most outrageous operation yet.
Incredibly funny, moving and scabrous, Mr Smiley follows a journey to the heartland of the clubbing and British crime scene. It is also a fitting last word from one of Britain's best-loved bad boys.
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By Hartles on 02-07-17
Lost the will to live after 8 chapters..
I lasted 8 chapters and couldn't listen to it any more. I can image if you have had little life experience then this may excite you but if you've left the nest of mum and dad then the pathetic self he portrays here will bore the pants off you.
By John Hollingsworth on 06-04-17
Typical of previous books written by Howard Marks
Would you recommend Mr Smiley to your friends? Why or why not?
Yes if you liked his other works otherwise id say it was not as good as previous titles like Mr Nice
What three words best describe Howard Marks and Larry Love ’s performance?
Welsh, rough and authentic.
Did Mr Smiley inspire you to do anything?
Look after myself more.