Operation Playboy by Kathryn Bonella

Operation Playboy

By Kathryn Bonella

  • Release Date: 2017-12-12
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
From 28 Ratings
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Sex. Drugs. Danger. Death.

This is the adrenaline-pumping story of the world's most audacious drug runners and the police hunt, 'Operation Playboy', to track them down.

These drug-running playboys travel the globe: they ski in Europe, surf in Bali, hook up with celebrity models and live in five-star hotels. They are 24/7 party boys with brass balls, steely nerves and reckless ambitions. They pay for their high-risk, hedonistic lifestyle by trafficking cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana on international flights and through the world's biggest airports.

But to ride the wave you have to roll the dice. And in this game a bust means prison - or even a firing squad. A Brazilian cop is watching closely, determined to close the net. With a small team, he battles corrupt colleagues and bent judges to learn the secrets of the playboys and bring about their downfall.

Celebrated true-crime writer and journalist Kathryn Bonella has travelled the world to collect first-person testimony from an international network of mules and their bosses, as well as from the elite cops who are hot on their trail.

The result is a page-turning, white-knuckle thriller - the true story of a manhunt codenamed OPERATION PLAYBOY.


"[A] graphic insight into the hidden world of Bali's top western cocaine bosses... With unprecedented access into their lives author Kathryn Bonella charts their rise to incredible wealth and power... [and] also follows many to the depths of hell when they are busted." Tracks on Snowing in Bali

"... an insightful and sharply ovbserved account of life inside Indonesia's most notorious prison. Bonella casts a cool journalistic eye over some horrific events..." Sun Herald on Hotel Kerobokan

"Bonella's portrayal of the jail... will make readers flinch with its graphic descriptions of violence and debauchery taking place under the eyes of bent guards." South China Morning Post on Hotel Kerobokan


  • Great read!

    By Impressed reader
    I don’t tend to read true crime novels but this book came up in my book club and after hearing so many good things about the authors other books success I jumped straight in. I managed to read this book in 1 day. I found myself interested straight away and hanging on to know more. There was a real suspense and thrill reading their journeys and a shocked myself to say I throughly enjoyed this book!
  • Addictive Read

    By BigZ06
    I don’t honestly read much and if I do rarely get through too much of the book. I only purchased this as I was going on a holiday and purchased the book to fill in some of my travel time. When I boarded the plane and was waiting for the tv’s start up I started reading Operation Playboy. I ended up spending the next 4 hours reading the book. Couldn’t stop just wanted more. The book was so intriguing and eye opening. For the first time in a long time I finished a whole book and smashed it out in record time. Definitely recommend you take the time to read Operation Playboy.
  • Binge read

    By im awesomecards101
    I read this book in the same way I watch a new series of orange is the new black- over a 48 hour period with next to no sleep, making false promises to myself like “just one more chapter”. So interesting and really well written. This is the first book of hers I have read and I am just in the middle of downloading her others. A must read!
  • Operation Playboy - Best true crime book!

    By Dan Munnich
    Operation Playboy provides a very interesting insight into the lives of international drug smugglers and the police who are trying to bring them down. The author Kathryn Bonella interviews those involved extensively and no details of their fast paced lifestyle are spared in the book. A very addictive book, alike with Hotel Kerobokan & Snowing in Bali this is a must read!
  • This book has EVERYTHING!! A must read!!

    By Ann-Marie E
    White knuckle thriller sounds a bit cliche, but I could not put this book down!! A terrifying inside look at the international drug trade and the handsome and charismatic and somewhat crazy people that smuggle! At times I even found it hard to dislike the bad guys!! It will keep you on the edge of your seat. Do yourself a favour.
  • Operation Playboy - Fantastic Read

    By Crashcrashboom
    Great read, loved it as much as Kathryn's other books. Can't wait for the next one.
  • Must read

    As with all of Kathryn’s books this is another must read! One of those books that keeps you up all night unable to put down. Highly recommended