Jimmy Brown of Richards, 41, recently released his first book, Texas Greed. The autobiography is about his own personal struggle with drugs; the infamous Grimes County/Mexico drug smuggling events from the 80s, involving his late father, "Scotty," a cattle rancher; and a claim that he and his sister Jennifer were cheated out of a $4 million inheritance.
"I didn't write the book just because of the drug business. It's also about how my aunt had my dad change his will when he was dying of throat cancer (in 2004)," said Brown. "The money she inherited wasn't all good - some of it was drug money."
His mother, Tinabeth, said the intrigue of the book - many are calling "a page-turner" - has landed Brown a possible movie deal, which is in the works.
The book tells how Brown led an extraordinary life, from the young age of 10, when his father first taught him how to fly on the family's own personal air strip in Richards to learning how his father outwitted the Drug Enforcement Agency and local authorities.
The book also serves as a tribute to a father he deems a hero, "because of the way he lived his life - on his own terms."
Thanks to Scotty, who "mastered flying, sailing, making his own whiskey and scuba diving," Brown completed his first solo flight when he was 11. He also became a licensed scuba diver through the Blue Water Diving School of Houston at age 10, and traveled to places like Tulum and Cozumel, Mexico.
Brown said he stayed away from drugs until he was about 18 - after he took a trip to Costa Rica with his father, which opened his eyes to the availability of drugs, fast women and AK-47s.
The book shows how the tempting drug lifestyle landed Brown in and out of jail, broken relationships and money, ultimately leading to a life of regret and loneliness. Along the way, Brown appears to enjoy a life comparable to a movie star's, with what he calls "the best of the best in cars and women." Laced with a long string of humor, Brown learns lessons about everything from the bond of friendship to hard truths about the power of peer influence and the demons behind a life of drugs.
Brown said some of the names of local people/groups who are mentioned have been changed. Others include everyone from former Sheriff Bill Foster, Ranger Bryant Wells, the Huntsville Mafia, District Attorney Tuck McLain and the late Norman Lofland, a former Grimes County deputy; to Jennifer Barnett, Angie Mooreland, Bob Bosse and Shawn Lara.
It took Brown approximately 6 months to write the first draft of the book - from a cell inside the Brazos County Jail in 2007.
Books are available at Triangle B Propane and Hardware in Richards, Richards Hometown Cafe and Grocery in Richards, and Hastings in College Station, Bryan and Huntsville. It is also available online at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.