Book Details

Based on a true story of: The GREATEST heist–NEVER TOLD!

In 1983, the rapidly growing city of L.A. and beachfront communities were active in the illicit drug trade, successfully operating through Angels Gate Lighthouse, and LAX, the gateway to the City of Angels. This true story is a recounting of the largest monetary heist in history, carried out by four local surfers, and August Taracina, a successful marijuana smuggler. The heist progresses with only minor hitches, until they open the bags of loot. Much to the thieve’s chagrin, there is no cash, no gold, nothing but financial instruments, unable to be cashed. While still in command of one of the larger marijuana smuggling operations on the West Coast, August begins a whirlwind, worldwide tour with his connections to organized crime, the Medellin Cartel, and international bankers, as he attempts to fence the items. Other gangs, along with their treachery and murder, as well as FBI Agent Nick Cutler’s team, the Treasury Department, and Interpol pursue him. During this maelstrom, August devises an incredible plan to satisfy everyone’s interest and fulfill their dreams. Now, all he has to do is MAKE IT HAPPEN!


About the Author

Andrew J. Rafkin & Louis Pagano

San Pedro native Andrew Rafkin was born in 1946 and grew up in a commercial fishing family. Rafkin served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and later graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with degrees in economics and marketing. A successful entrepreneur, he is president of Palos Verdes Security Systems and is certified by the Department of Homeland Security.Rafkin has received the EVVY literary award for Red Sky Morning and the Readers Favorite Awards for his Madness trilogy; Creative Madness, Mediterranean Madness, and Mexican Madness. He lives with his wife, Lynn in San Pedro, California, and spends his spare time reading, fishing, hunting, golfing, and making wine. Visit him online at
Louis Pagono, was born 1947, in San Pedro, California. He worked on the docks on his family’s commercial fishing boats, and later in his parent’s restaurant, Luigi’s. Later he joined the Merchant Marines, and worked on the freighters moving cargo up and down the Pacific Coast. He always had the love for the ocean and the bounty it brought him, and his wife, Kathy, and their son Joseph. He now resides in Palm Springs, California, and owns Fisherman’s Market & Grill, a successful chain of restaurants in Southern California. His friendship with Andrew Rafkin began in grammar school. Later in life, they resumed their relationship, and were destined to co-author this phenomenal story

Also by Andrew J. Rafkin & Louis Pagano

Creating Madness
Red Sky Morning
Mediterranean Madness
Mexican Madness
Reaper 6
The Green Alliance
Global Vice