Cocaine The Devils Dandruff the 4th and maybe the final instalment. Thought you knew all there was about London’s Underworld and the things that go on well now for the first time the Quardrilogy exposes a true story with the 4th book opening your eyes wide to a world of police drugs, Money laundering football fixing and boxing, blackmail Sex, Guns and Gangster and Dirty Money. ONLY now has this book been allowed to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. One line of cocaine was never enough and a thousand more was way to many a tale of how crime doesn’t pay.
A man from Borehamwood held a book signing for his third book A Nice Little Earner. Jason Cook, 40, from Tudor Court, has written his third fictional novel and held a book signing on Sunday, (November 22) in Borehamwood’s WH Smith. Mr Cook, who suffers from dyslexia, based his books on his experiences in prison, drug addiction and dyslexia. He said: “It’s a great achievement. The book signing went really well. I outsold my first book which was amazing. and I was really pleased. “A lot of people came to visit older and younger people were buying my book. “I’m hoping that these books will inspire more writers who suffer from dyslexia and to prevent people getting into crime.” The book has a powerful message about how crime doesn't pay.
Full of drugs, violence and sex? Jason Cook, tells us “how easy it is to be blinded by the lights” At first glance, you might be intimidated by Jason’s height and figure, he looks like he could throw a mean, right hook, however once he gets talking about his life and his future expectations you soon realised he is a genuine guy, very humble and at ease with the world, a very different life from what he use to have living amongst drugs and crime. Sitting across from me he seems very relaxed and content to talk about his life, proud of his success yet not arrogant and above all I like his honesty and willingness to talk about his past events however disheartening it might be to re-tell experiences he perhaps would rather forget Jason has written two books, “There’s no room for jugglers in my circus” and “The gangster’s runner” and is currently writing the third book to complete the trilogy. Here he talks about his life in crime, drugs and prison and how ironically this dangerously fast life led him to writing three books and becoming his own success story. Jason Cook, 34, was born in London, his parents decided to escape to Borehamwood to shelter their family from the crime and drugs scene which is profoundly known to exist in London. However this did not stop Jason becoming caught up in drugs; from the age of 12 Jason was dealing drugs from his bedroom window, by 17 he was dealing illegal/hard drugs and collecting debts for his gangster “friends”, ‘real friends didn’t exist, I was in a constant state of paranoia and trust was based on fear and addiction’. He was constantly at the gym trying to achieve a tougher image, building bigger muscles, so that he would be feared and respected by other dealers and criminals. At 18, Jason faced his first visit to jail, where he came into contact with more “hardened criminals” and learnt more tricks of the trade. On his release he was digging himself further into London’s underground crime scene, creating a bigger image and status for himself: “I became a gangster’s runner, mixed up in the underworld of London, working for bigger firms and bigger people, I was a chess piece between the firms, whether it be for collecting money or driving drugs”. It was his third drug overdose which led him back into prison where he did two years nine months inside, this time allowed him to re-evaluate his life. When Jason was released from jail, the second time, he realised ‘something’s gotta give’: “My girlfriend was still using at the time, I had to try and stay away from her, my friends were still involved in criminal activities and the gangster way of life, my family were also using at the time, I had to change where I used to go, pubs, clubs, everything, it was very difficult for me”. Surprisingly he got into writing on his release from jail, when rehab encouraged him and his group to write down their feelings or experiences, and as Jason puts it, “it took off from there”. He decided to write about all his experiences and form them into novels. To date he has been writing for 5 years, he has successfully written two books and is currently writing the third. Jason describes his books as “very much his life and the experiences he faced. They show the gangster way of life, shows people getting hurt, the ripple effect of the drugs and how easy it is to be blinded by the lights”. He explains “along with its hard-hitting nature, there is also comedy worked into the book but also shows the deadly seriousness of his life in the London underground, that’s when people got hurt”. Along with his books, Jason also does motivational speaking conferences to local communities, offering support to families or youngsters trying to lead different lives from, perhaps a life amongst drugs and anti-social or criminal behaviour. At these conferences he talks “about his life, his experiences and his involvement with gangsters and villains”, they would then do “team-building exercises, drama, role play and some scenarios where they would then come up with their own ideas”. As well as writing Jason does a mixture of other jobs including working on the doors, being a bouncer or security guard and also works on film sets helping to produce films. What does the future hold for Jason? He is continuing with his motivational speaking within local communities for all ages and also hopes to turn all three books into films. “In the long term I would like to see a BAFTA, maybe, and for the people who came along with me to get the praise that they deserve as well”. Jason Cook is living proof that life will throw you a lifeline, and that you need to use every opportunity given to you. Success and happiness is sought after by everyone, but some don’t grasp it when they have the chance. Life is unfair, period, but don’t let that stop you find your success, fight against all temptations and obstacles, everyone has resilience and ambition built in, “and they should channel that ambition to progress in life, don’t just follow the pack”.
Jason's third book draws on his experiences as a gangsters' runner Hannah Worrall / Wednesday 5 August 2015 / Books JASON Cook was just 12-years-old when he began selling drugs from his bedroom.
By the age of 16, he had started using Class A drugs and was involved with gangsters in his home town of Borehamwood.
Following his third overdose, Jason was arrested and sent to prison for 4 years and nine months - an experience which changed his life for the better.
"I joined the education programme, taking computer studies and also volunteered for a drug free wing, where I was given help and support to kick my drug habit," remembers the 39-year-old who now works as a doorman at The Farmer's Boy in St Albans.
"As part of the rehabilitation programme we were encouraged to start writing about our experiences, which I have continued with, and it is what inspired me to write my first book - There’s No Room for Jugglers in my Circus."
A father-of-3 children, Jason has recently published the third in a series of four books based on his life which he hopes will warn others not to fall into the same traps he did. A Nice Little Earner sees the lead character Cookster pulled back into an international under world ruled by cocaine where he once again finds himself embroiled in drug smuggling, dirty money and blackmail.
"The books are about my life growing up and the tribulations I faced being used as a chess piece in the London crime world," says the Borehamwood resident. "I hope the message will go out that people should learn from my experiences."
Jason, who is also an actor and producer, regularly gives talks at libraries about his work and his novels are used in drug awareness groups.
An aspect of his life he often speaks about is his struggle with dyslexia - a condition which can make writing his books a challenging experience. "What kept me going was when I said I was going to write a book, people kept saying you can't do it because you are dyslexic," remembers Jason.
"I thought - just keep going forward, don't let people hold you back."
His books have been met with widespread acclaim, outselling Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code in a Borehamwood branch of WH Smiths, and he is working on the next in the quadrilogy.
He reflects: "Now people are looking at me in a different light. It has been an amazing achievement."
To celebrate the release of A Nice Little Earner, available from authorjasoncook.com, Jason is giving away signed copies of his books as part of a competition. For details visit his website or www.facebook.com/groups/1389164961401377
The 3rd book in the true life quadrilogy is now ready. So lets see what the news paper critics have to say about this one. As this one going to be "A Nice Little Earner". "Gangster, were all Gangster round here son". London to Columbia and back.
Former drug addict juggles up a script By Suruchi Sharma
Con-artists, ravers and Yardies are some of the people to be portrayed in a film charting part of the life of a former Borehamwood drug addict and gangster's runner.
Jason Cook, 32, began writing in prison about his experiences of drug use, two bouts of rehab and his time inside.
A account of his youth, called There's No Room for Jugglers in My Circus, published last year, delves into the criminal underworld of Borehamwood and is now being scripted into a film.
Mr Cook said: "My family moved to Borehamwood from Hackney when I was younger as my mum didn't want me to get into trouble there, but in a twist of fate I ended up going to prison by coming here."
He has been clean from drugs for about five years now and is getting involved with talking to people about the book and his experiences to help them with their own similar problems.
The script for the film is based on the first book as well as two unpublished books Mr Cook has written.
He said: "We don't have a finalised name for the film yet.
Mr Cook has also been working alongside organisations in the area on substance misuse awareness workshops, to educate young people and their parents about the perils and consequences of drug-taking.
Co-worker Heather Walsh said: "Jason is an absolutely brilliant person and it's unique for someone to come through what he has and then to help others. He helped with the recent youth graffiti project in Leeming Road and the Vibe youth project and received a lot of praise from the town council for his work with the Borehamwood and Elstree youth council.
"The subject of substance misuse is quite a taboo topic and so he is very brave to take this on.
"He is very ambitious and has been juggling a lot of things recently and always has the support of his family around him."
Mr Cook added: "I would love youth in the area to put their energies into something they really enjoy, like DJing, fashion or dance, and channelling their efforts into something worthwhile.
"There are still problems in Borehamwood concerning substance misuse, but if we work towards helping out people who get mixed up with drugs then that is at least a positive step forward.