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In a hell dominated by men, she was the queen.
Ana Garrido wants to run away and leave behind her life as a poor girl from the Asturian mining towns. She loses her faith in God when her brother is killed, she loses her faith in men when her first love beats her and her second beau abandons her. She then swears to herself that she will write her destiny in letters of gold.
Ana Garrido wants power. She gets involved in drug trafficking and rises to control a criminal industry in Spain that is rife with ruthless individuals. She is nicknamed La Rubia and ends up behind bars, sentenced to more than thirty years in prison for directing the largest cocaine shipment ever seized in Europe in Operation Temple. Still, she has no regrets. She is the Lady from the North.
Madrid, Marbella, Galicia and Colombia. Hide outs, luxury and excesses, from multi-million-dollar schemes to identity changes, from persecutions and torture to detention and arrest. This novel has it all and is even based on real life. Because Ana Garrido exists and is still alive.
Ana Garrido was brought to justice in the late 1990s, after one of the most important police operations in Spain’s history. The novel is based on the testimony of its protagonist, the woman who controlled drug trafficking in Spain. Ulises Bértolo recreates her capture, but also delves into a life full of vicissitudes, decisions and fate that led her to the top of a dangerous world dominated by men.
The relentless rhythm, mystery and cruelty of such a dark world will grip readers and surprise them with the details of all that lies behind this woman, her accomplices and her enemies.