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By Sally Denton | Comments: ( 916 ) | Date: ( Nov 17, 2019 )

When Kentucky Blueblood Drew Thornton parachuted to his death in September 1985 carrying thousands in cash and 150 pounds of cocaine the gruesome end of his startling life blew open a scandal that reached to the most secret circles of the U.S government The story of Thornton and The Company he served, and the lone heroic fight of State Policeman Ralph Ross against an intWhen Kentucky Blueblood Drew Thornton parachuted to his death in September 1985 carrying thousands in cash and 150 pounds of cocaine the gruesome end of his startling life blew open a scandal that reached to the most secret circles of the U.S government The story of Thornton and The Company he served, and the lone heroic fight of State Policeman Ralph Ross against an international web of corruption is one of the most portentous tales of the 20th century.


  • Title: The Bluegrass Conspiracy
  • Author: Sally Denton
  • ISBN: 9780595196661
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments The Bluegrass Conspiracy

  • Jamie

    I read this story because I am from Kentucky. I thought the topic of the book was interesting, and the story line was good. However, this book is hard to read and the majority of it moves slow. There are so many people that are introduced that it's hard to keep up with everyone. At the end of the book, updates were given for certain people. I'll be honest, some of these I don't remember! I felt like I should have been taking notes as I read!The story itself is very interesting. Showing Kentucky, [...]


  • Cwn_annwn_13

    This book delves into the life of a Kentucky blueblood who apparently had an adventurish streak and evolved from being a Lexington narcotics detective to being found dead on a rural Kentucky farm with a malfunctioning parachute and multiple kilos of cocaine strapped to his body. (I can't remember the exact number but it was well over a hundred pounds if I remember right, and in case you can't figure this out on your own the parachute malfunctioned because it couldn't handle the weight of the cok [...]


  • Paula

    The Lexington area bluebloods (Old Lexingtonians) were/are struggling to keep their land and horse farms due to the encroachment of development and the offers from developers to buy (yes, we do need several more Walgreens on every corner in Bourbon, Woodford and Jessamine Counties, don't we?) their land. This book details Drew's attempt to hang onto the family farms. I, for one, am more than happy when Sheik Mohammed, his brothers and the Irish horse conglomerates purchase and run the Bluegrass [...]


  • Tanya Faberson

    I had to quit this book a little over halfway through. Just awfully written, and after so many reprints, I don't know how there can be that many typos left throughout. It was really distracting. Also, a book like this with so many players involved in the story really needs to have some photographs included. Half the time, I was trying to find pictures of these people on-line. It just became really old. The writing is disjointed, the story all over the place, and it was a real disappointment. I'm [...]


  • Ben Watson

    Great story in need of even greater editing. Don't misunderstand me, I finished the book. But it could be trimmed by 1/3 and still be a stellar true crime book; but at least it helped provide a plot thread for Justified Season 4 with the Andrew Thompson (actually Andrew Thornton from BGC) character.


  • Julie

    I read this for a book club. I did not care for it. It is a true story; and it is very depressing to learn about all of the corruption that existed (s?) in the state of Kentucky. There are so many people and so much detail in the book - it is almost overwhelming and could have been better organized. I'm glad someone dug in and told the story - but it is hard to slog through.


  • dean fisher

    So far I feel like it's a bit poorly written, making it a slow read for me. I'm interested in the subject and the story, but I'm just not drawn to it like I want to be!


  • Bethany

    Interesting story, but too many characters introduced. The flow of the story was also hard to follow.


  • Stefanie

    I enjoyed the topic / subject matter, but it is a hard book to read. It is like reading a text book. Surprised how many typos were missed in the editing process.


  • David

    Pretty interesting stuff. Really kinda weird to read all about when you have lived in the area and recognize everything


  • David Ward

    The Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton (Avon 1990) (363.45). So this is the state of nonfiction? Nobody could make up a story like this one with a straight face, but this is apparently all true. In September of 1985, a local television station in Knoxville, Tennessee (my home town) reported on the evening news that a resident of Knoxville sat at his kitchen table that morning drinking coffee when he noticed a strange heap in his backyard. When he went to see about it, he found a dead parachuti [...]


  • Michele

    So I really wanted to be "all in" on TBC. I'm a lifelong Kentuckian, lived/worked decades in Lexington. I gave it a good shot. Drew Thornton certainly had my attention after realizing he went to one of the schools as I in my hometown. After that, characters were introduced right and left and read more like a summary of events and not like a novel. So I broke up w the book 😱 I hated (#sorrynotsorry) to do this-but life is too short and there are too many books out there waiting to be devoured. [...]


  • Esther L

    too long.


  • Adria

    Very interesting account of a large drug and weapons trafficking ring in the 70s and 80s, originating in Lexington KY. I think there are a lot of things the author can't say outright, and so the book reads as disorganized or scattered at certain parts. There is no real resolution per se, and the reader has to draw their own conclusions using hints laid out in earlier chapters. I know where I netted out on who was in charge of The Company, and let's just say that it was all much bigger than Drew [...]


  • Anne Stevens

    Opening with the true account of Kentuckian Drew Thornton parachuting to his death--wearing a bulletproof vest, night-vision goggles, and $75 million worth of cocaine strapped to his waist--how could this book not be a winner?Detailing the drug scandal that swept the Bluegrass and involved everyone from the police to "the most secret circles of the U.S. government", Sally Denton spares no names as she depicts this entangled web of drugs, power, and murder; names well-known in Kentucky's high soc [...]


  • Gretchen

    I don’t normally read true crime nonfiction, but, living in Kentucky, I gave this book a try. Denton follows a Kentucky state police investigator as he unravels a complex network of crime driven by wealth, power, corruption, drugs, gambling, smuggling, murders, bribery, politics, etc. It began in central Kentucky, but stretched well beyond the state and nation, linking with other criminal groups. Denton handles the “information dump”, as I’ve heard it called, well, despite its complexity [...]


  • Kellison

    4 Stars. This book would be 5 stars, but it needs editing. I'm pretty sure that this book was scanned with a photo-to-text kind of deal when it was reprinted, and that accounts for the vast majority of the errors, but it would have been nice if someone had at least skimmed through it, since it sells for $25 Paperback. That aside, holy shit. I live in Lexington, so this was particularly eye opening for me to read. This should be required reading in the state of Kentucky. The amount of people, esp [...]


  • Ez

    This book is a must read for any Kentuckian. The research that Sally Denton put in to write this masterpiece proves this lady was a work horse on this project. i cannot believe this book was has not been turned into a motion picture. A book about major players in the coke game born and raised in the Bluegrass state hooked in with Senior Escobars cartel. Customs agents get on the air plain that's coming back on a run from Columbia and the lead character in the book decides to jump out with his pa [...]


  • Angela Henning

    Just reread after 20 years. Writing is simplistic but moves the story well. Being from Kentucky and living in Lexington for almost 20 years now, it is a great read. Makes you wonder about all the little airports in the small towns in western kentucky. I do know many of the names of people in the book. My understanding that the book is loos let factual told from the perspective of Ross. Knowing what we know about the CIA in the 80s and arms sales very well Drew very well could have been correct.


  • Louise Annetta

    There was a LOT of information and it was sometimes hard to keep the people straight. It got easier as i went further into the book.It could have been helped by a good editor, and by putting much of the information in footnotes. Footnoting details is a way to keep the plot moving in non-fiction. I would most likely not have finished, but i was reading it for book group and wanted an informed opinion.


  • Patty

    WOW!!!!!! What a mess!!! Really an eye-opener that such a small city police dept could be so corrupt and be corrupt for so long. Also interesting is the fact this corruption went all the way to the governor's office. What a shame and disgrace that Ross's career was ruined when he was trying to do the right thing and get to the bottom of this tangled web of crime, deceit, and corrpution.


  • Samantha

    While it can get a bit tedious to remember all the names being thrown at you, the information is quite interesting. However, be prepared because there are some info dumps. All in all though, I found it fascinating to read about all these things that happened around the area I was currently living. I also had no idea so much illicit activity was happening in my home state!


  • Chrissie

    Interesting plot based on a local crime, but terribly written and edited. I'm counting this as "read" since I read it about 5 years ago. I truly tried to read it again for the sake of book club, but the writing was too maddeningly awful. If you're curious, you're better off just reading about Andrew Thornton on .


  • John

    I liked this book. It had some editorial weaknesses and ended on a note that left me hanging. It's amazing how drugs and weapons have only permeated the world more and more since then. Money, corruption and power rule the world.I wonder why Ralph Ross was not interviewed on Dominick Dunne's show about the book, Freefall, and why a conspirator, John Bizzack was.


  • Dennis Blewitt

    Sally Denton's well researched and insightful investigation of the corruption of the Drug Enforcement cabal is highly accurate from my own experience and is a must read for any student of social structure. It shows why J.Edgar Hoover would not allow FBI agents get involved with drug enforcement while he headed the FBI. Sally draws out the interstate complexity of the police drug selling.


  • Aimee

    This was are very fascinating read and well written, maybe I enjoyed it so much because it is about my hometown and I know some of the characters in the book. My Dad says he has even thrown back a few beers with some of the really nefarious characters. AnywhoI would definitely recommend this book!


  • Amber

    I thought I should read this since it involves crime in Lexington, and I have to say, it was engrossing to read about all the crazy murders, drug smuggling and police cover-ups going on in the laste 1970s and into the 80s. Anyone living in Lexington or people whp enjoy "true crime" would probably enjoy this book.


  • Kelly

    Interesting story that would have done well with a different editor. Growing up in Lexington, it was surreal to read about the corruption going on right down the road. If you can get through the order the information is given and concentrate on the story being told, you will enjoy yourself.


  • Jonathan

    Loved the book. It read like a newspaper article which made it a long read but the story was very interesting. I have met people that are mentioned in this book. I had no idea they had once been a part of a cover up this big.


  • Kathy Warren

    This book was poorly written way too many typos. Very confusing as seemed she jumped around so much with all the storylines. But glad I read it to learn more about all those including our Kentucky Governor's office involvement in the 'Blue Grass Conspiracy."


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