Gringo My Life On The Edge As An International Fugitive

Gringo My Life On The Edge As An International Fugitive


Rated 4.95 out of 5 based on 88 customer ratings
(88 customer reviews)

During his ten year prison sentence, Dan “Tito” Davis penned a 700-page manuscript, which chronicled his thirteen year period on the run from the United States federal government. His writing provided a glimpse into staying alive and out of prison while mixing it up with major drug cartels in Colombia and Mexico; crossing the Darien Gap the worlds most dangerous passageway, sneaking into Germany, getting interrogated in Cuba, and building a resort in Venezuela the same time Hugo Chavez was calling President Bush “the devil” at the United Nations. And while Davis’s exploits were stunning, there was only one problem—he wasn’t a writer.

While living in a halfway house in Wyoming, Davis met with writer Peter Conti and quickly tapped him to “write his story the right way.” For a year the two worked diligently to turn Davis’s raw material into an action-packed memoir, which includes Davis’s life before he went on the lam—how he was making $200,000 a week in college manufacturing White Crosses (speed) and distributing them across the country via the Bandidos motorcycle gang; when he was trafficking thousands of pounds of high grade pot through tunnels and on horse trailers; and how he was set up by his childhood friend.

Published by Full Court Press, under the direction of Barry Sheinkopf, Gringo is a must-read for those looking for what life is really like on the run.

88 reviews for Gringo My Life On The Edge As An International Fugitive

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Meghna Hulsure

    Gringo: My Life on the Edge is a true, larger than life adventure of a fugitive on the run. Dan “Tito” Davis’ life begins in rural South Dakota with a very normal childhood, doing what kids of his age would do – playing, hunting, fishing, and helping out his family. Well, everything changes for him when he leaves home in 1974 to join the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where he creates a multimillion-dollar business manufacturing and selling drugs. After being caught and serving a sentence of five years, Dan goes back to smuggling drugs and is eventually set up by his friend resulting into a life-sentence. This is where Gringo really begins, catches pace.

    This book is more engaging than many memoirs I have come across. It takes you inside the American drug circuit and you remain overwhelmed at the events that unfold. The book follows Dan through different geographies of Mexico, Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mumbai giving glimpses into their cultures. His life is nothing short of an action-packed movie; there is everything from money, airplanes, women, to gambling, revenge, kidnapping, bureaucrats, and more. And the idea of such a life lived by Dan is completely unfathomable, exciting, and heartbreaking at the same time. You will find yourself sympathizing with Dan as you engage deeper into his life’s happiness and disappointments.

    Peter Conti is a great story-teller, and he has done a brilliant job with giving shape to Dan Davis’ story. His writing is crisp and packed with action – nothing fancy or distracting. Every sentence in the book transfers an electrifying energy into reader’s minds, taking them on a wild ride through the drug trafficking world. Gringo could have been even more enjoyable with pictures from the places where Dan spent his time and a little lesser hasty ending. I am curious to know more about his life after captivity. //Gringo// is an unbelievable story, more dramatic than a fiction could be! This book is a page-turner that should not be missed.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo Niederhoff

    We’ve all heard it said that truth is stranger than fiction. I can’t say this is always true, having read some very strange pieces of unconventional fiction, but I can say that truth is sometimes just as wild and exciting as fiction, and Gringo is the perfect example of that.

    Dan Davis, also called Tito, has lived an extraordinary life, and I am lucky enough that a man with the skills of Peter Conti was willing to help him tell his story. The book opens with what I consider the literary variant of a television teaser: a prologue which shows where the author’s life will go, featured just before a first chapter, which goes back to the author’s childhood. While at times this may seem like a cheap trick, when used effectively, it can stir excitement and maintain the reader’s interest. This prologue falls into the latter camp, and all through the first few chapters, I found myself wondering just what would lead Tito to flee to Central America and where his life would go from there.

    That’s not to say that I skimmed through those chapters, looking eagerly for the time when the action would pick up. While I was eager to reach the part of his life which would feature his flight from the law, those early chapters were far from wasted. They gave me insight into Tito’s personality, allowing me to understand who he is and how he reached the part of his life that would form the endpoint of the book.

    The story begins with Tito – still merely Dan Davis then – as a young Midwestern man, looking for some way to make money. He settles on selling drugs, and from a little ambition, a little know-how, and some good luck in knowing the right people, he finds himself with a nascent drug empire on his hands. This part of the book alone could make a compelling tale, but the story continues from there. Betrayed by someone he thought he could trust, Davis finds himself hunted by the government, and he abandons his family to flee the country, making his way to Central America. Once there, he does not merely lie low but sets about building a life for himself.

    Tito has lived a fascinating life, one well worth reading about, and I was enthralled by every page. Tito’s ambition and know-how lead him far past his humble Midwestern beginnings, and his rise and fall made a tale well worth reading, one which I would recommend to anyone.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    James Ferguson

    Now a days we binge watch our favorite Amazon shows or Netflix programs, opening the pages of this book kicks you into reading binge mode Gringo is a fast paced nonstop thrill ride!! Leaves you wanting to know what’s next??

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    A very captivating book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To go through what Tito went through and still survive is quite astounding. I highly recommend this book, which is based on fact and experiences that can only be told through the eyes of someone who actually experienced it.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rusty Hon

    Move over “The Most Interesting Man in the World” — you’ve got some serious competition. I was fascinated with this book. Peter Conti takes you into the inner world of Dan Davis, who became an international drug fugitive. I was amazed at the detail in the story – every fact “rang true” because of it. He never tries to aggrandize the drug world, or Mr. Davis’ activities – but just tells it like it is. I even found myself sympathizing, and even “rooting” for Mr. Davis as we were woven into his family, love affairs, and disappointments. A great read – one of the best I’ve picked up in a long time.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Len Weimer

    Easy read,well written and interesting I read it straight thru never put it down.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gringo Book Customer

    Gringo is an eye-opening page turner that will keep you spell-bound and amazed. Dan’s life was and is one of challenges that few of us can imagine and his ability to make the best of it gives hope and encouragement to all who face obstacles that seem impossible to overcome.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gringo Book Customer

    An on the edge of your seat thriller with crazy twist and turns! Great beach book!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    The real life adventures of Tito are more dynamic than any fiction could ever be!
    Gringo, is proof positive that fiction is no match for the real life drama and adventure this man has experienced. The book is a fascinating and exciting ride with Tito down the winding road of life on run. I would love to know all the rest of Tito’s adventures that could not be told in the 302 pages of Gringo. What a movie this book would make! Thank you Dan for writing your memoirs and signing my copy. Keep on keeping on.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gringo Book Customer

    Excellent Read! Once you start, you wont want to put the book down!

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