At 8 he was smuggling heroin out of the house when his parents were raided. At 15 he was using heroin every day. At 17 he was earning $1200 a week selling cocaine. At 18 he was sentenced to life in Penang Prison plus six strokes of the cane for drug trafficking. At 29 he was pardoned ... and his life began.
The Aaron Cohen case made international headlines. But his personal story is revealed here for the first time. The son of Kings Cross drug dealers, he was well fed, well clothed and loved, but he was also tormented and terrified by his family's lifestyle. Only in a Malaysian jail did the teenager learn the hard way how to look after himself while corrupt guards and administrators allowed him to feed his crippling addiction.
On his release in 1996, Aaron Cohen began a long adjustment to a life he had never known. This book dispels many myths about his story, while providing a rare insight into a dangerous and often misunderstood world.
Paul Little lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He has written for radio and television and has been chief sub-editor of the Australian Women's Weekly, and editor of Metro and the New Zealand Listener. He was named Editorial Writer of the year in 1995 and was a finalist in 1996 and 1997.