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Full circle : the remarkable true story of two all-American wrestling teammates pitted against each other in the war on drugs and then reunited as coaches

by Malkus, Chuck,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction HV5833.M48 M353 2018x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  HV5833.M48 M353 2018x
CLP - Squirrel Hill Non-Fiction Collection HV5833.M48 M353 2018x
Location  CLP - Squirrel Hill
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  HV5833.M48 M353 2018x
Glamour, excitement, and money were thrust upon Miami in the late 1970s. Seemingly overnight, it transformed from a sleepy Southern town famous only for its retirees, to an exciting mix of wealth, style, and violence. It was the Cocaine Era, when mountains of cash, bricks of coke, and men with assault rifles changed everything.
And it changed the people living there, as well. Kevin Pedersen and Alex DeCubas, a couple of local boys who met at a Little League game, became best friends and star high school wrestling teammates. They were even featured in Sports Illustrated .
Alex, who was so big and powerful that he wasn't allowed to play football with the other kids, was on his way to bigger things, possibly the Olympics, when a series of tragedies derailed his dreams. Instead, he used his natural strength and ferocity to start robbing drug dealers and selling what he took. Before long, he caught the eyes of the Colombians and became the biggest home-grown cocaine dealer in the United States.
Kevin, half Alex's size, became a wrestling champion through self-discipline, hard work, and drive. After graduating from West Point, he saw his family life deteriorate because of drugs. After divorcing his coke-addicted wife, he came close to suicide until his mind changed. He realized America's enemy wasn't Iran or Russia or any other country, it was drugs. He went to work for the DEA, and on his first day, Kevin found out that his old friend, Alex, was their primary target. And, years later, after the pair faced conflict, personal turmoil and (for Alex) a long prison sentence, the pair reunited and teamed up to do what they perhaps always should have--coaching high school wrestling together.
An unlikely friendship
Iowa strong and Cuba proud
Those championship seasons
West Point blues
Alex went up to Georgia
War in South Florida
Back to school
Casualties of war
Miami vice
No mas
Divine intervention
The great escape
The Twinkie
"Kevin says hello"
Full circle.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "They were a variation on the Odd Couple. Here was Alex DeCubas, a high-school wrestler gifted with drive, energy, and a body of solid muscle. Then there was Kevin Pedersen, also a wrestler but scrawny, gangly, seemingly born to be a bookworm. Both attended Palmetto High School outside Miami, where the big guy became the little guy's guardian angel. The two never disclosed the key to this curious relationship, and author Malkus doesn't speculate. Rather, in supple prose with strong forward momentum, he follows them from triumph to triumph. They became state champions and were featured in Sports Illustrated. Then paths diverged. Kevin went to West Point, Alex to the University of Georgia. Out of nowhere, Alex is asked to deliver a mysterious package. He's paid a lot of money, and who really needs higher education, anyway? Suddenly we're off into Scarface, with shoot-outs, chases, helicopters, kidnappings, jail, and to bring this drama home to what seems a foreordained conclusion a confrontation with Kevin. He's now a DEA agent, and his former guardian angel is now in his sights. A compelling, character-rich spin on true crime.--Crinklaw, Don Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Pedersen, Kevin -- (Drug enforcement agent)
DeCubas, Alex.
Drug traffic -- Florida -- Miami -- Case studies.
Drug traffic -- Investigation -- Florida -- Miami -- Case studies.
Drug control -- Florida -- Miami -- Case studies.
Drug enforcement agents -- Florida -- Miami -- Biography.
Drug dealers -- Florida -- Miami -- Biography.
Drug dealers -- Rehabilitation -- Florida -- Miami -- Case studies.
Wrestlers -- Florida -- Miami -- Biography.
Wrestling coaches -- Florida -- Miami -- Biography.
Male friendship -- Florida -- Miami -- Case studies.
Publisher New York, NY :2018
Other Titles Full circle
Contributors Langton, Jerry, 1965- author.
Language English
Description vi, 230 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781510724662
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