Fruit of the Poppy is fiction and should be read as such. Yet, there are elements in the story of the traffic in narcotics between the United States and Mexico which lift it above the level of a writer's invention. Little, if anything, has been written about the dedicated men, the agents of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, in the US and their counterparts in Mexico, who engage in a quiet war in an effort to shut off the supply of drugs flowing into this country. They are outnumbered by the syndicates and the individuals who constantly seek and devise new and ingenious methods of smuggling narcotics over the border. Agents in both countries go undercover for years. They create entirely new identities for themselves and walk in danger along unfamiliar paths. They submerge themselves in a murky half-world in which there is no place for home or family. So complete is their cover that, after a while, it is possible to almost forget who they really are. This is the story of a "silent service" on both sides of the border interwoven with the elements of a novel.
Used availability for Robert Wilder's Fruit Of The Poppy
August 1972 : UK Paperback