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Ron Ruthfield has brought his own unique perspective to The Capital Underground, having lived in South Florida during the days when the use of marijuana and cocaine became recreational and permanent habits. During Miami's Cocaine Cowboy era of the 1970s and 1980s, he saw up-close and quite personally how the drug trade became the necessary evil that made South Florida an economic powerhouse and a major player in the world's economy.
His time as a television reporter in South Florida, and a newsman for the nation's leading wire service in other southern states, gives him a particularly incisive view of the rapid growth of drug smuggling, America's prison system, and international money-laundering. Mr. Ruthfield has developed contacts on both sides of the law, including those who reaped enormous financial benefits, those who wished they had, and those who hunted them.
The Capital Underground is Mr. Ruthfield's first novel, one which brings his personal and professional experiences to a wide audience of readers. He and his wife make their home in North Carolina.