This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge. From the streets of New York City to Mexico City and Tijuana to the jungles of Central America, this is the war on drugs like you've never seen it.
From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.
"Start Me Up; if you start me up I'll never stop"
Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.
"Don Winslow always surprises me"
Laid back, ultra–California cool, the former cop turned PI begins each day with the Dawn Patrol, a close-knit group of surfers, best friends who not only ride waves together but have one another's backs out of the water. It's the life Boone loves, all he wants. To him, "There's no such thing as a bad day at the beach." So when one of their own is murdered - especially an icon like Kelly Kuhio, a local hero - and another surfer, a young punk from the Rockpile Crew, stands accused, the small world of Pacific Beach is rocked to its core.
"Zen on the waves"
Part-time environmentalist and philanthropist Ben and his ex-mercenary buddy Chon run an independent Laguna Beach–based marijuana operation, reaping significant profits from an established clientele. But they may have come up against something that they can't handle---the Mexican Baja Cartel wants in, and saying no is unacceptable. When they refuse to back down, the cartel kidnaps Ophelia, the boys' playmate and confidante.
"I loved it"
Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.
"A book about an insurance adjuster, oh yea."
Frank Machianno is a late-middle-aged ex-surf bum who runs a bait shack on the San Diego waterfront. An affable Italian with a love of people and life, he's a stand-up businessman, devoted father, and a beloved fixture in the community. He's also a hit man - specifically, a retired hit man. Back in the day when he was one of the most feared members of the West Coast Mafia, he was known as Frankie Machine.
"The Winter of Frankie Machine is a ray of sunshine"
In Savages, Don Winslow introduced Ben and Chon, twentysomething best friends who risk everything to save the girl they both love, O. Now, in his high-octane prequel, Winslow reaches back in time to tell the story of how Ben, Chon, and O became the people they are. Spanning from 1960s Southern California to the recent past, it is a tale of family in all its forms. As the younger generation does battle with drug dealers and crooked cops, they learn that their future is inextricably linked with their parents' history.
It is the fall of 1951 and the Korean War is raging. Twenty-six year-old Nicholai Hel has spent the last three years in solitary confinement at the hands of the Americans. Hel is a master of hoda korosu or "naked kill," fluent in seven languages, and has honed extraordinary "proximity sense" - an extra awareness of the presence of danger. He has the skills to be the world's most fearsome assassin and now the CIA needs him. The Americans offer Hel freedom, money, and a neutral passport in exchange for one small service: go to Beijing and kill the Soviet Union's Commissioner to China.
When Tim Kearney draws a license plate across the throat of a Hell's Angel, he's pretty much a dead man. It's his third crime and, according to California law, that gives him "life without the possibility of parole". Killing a Hell's Angel also makes him a dead man on any prison yard in California. That's when the DEA makes Kearney an offer: impersonate the late, legendary dope smuggler Bobby Z so that the agency can trade him to Don Huertero, northern Mexico's drug kingpin, for a captured DEA agent.
"Abridged Too Far"
At loose ends after four years in the Royal Navy, young James Harrington stumbles on an advertisement for an ‘Estate Manager’ and eagerly applies for the position. However, the job is not exactly what James expects. Navy Commander Hamilton Sterrett plans to completely refurbish an old estate and former girl’s school, Ironwood, which was left vacant for decades after rumours of its libertine past forced its doors to close.
Following his father Rupert’s death, his son Edward is packed off to Cheatem Manor in the English countryside. Although Rupert’s cousin has inherited the estate, the man must remain at his military post, leaving the estate and Edward’s upbringing in the hands of his father’s half-sister, Lady Amanda, and her two very beautiful wards, Catherine and Prudence. Once at the Manor, Edward is quickly reduced in status from honoured family member to lowly servant. Rather than spending a pleasure-filled summer in the country, he’s forced to serve this hedonistic household as a virtual slave
Sie waren mal beste Freunde. Aber das ist viele Jahre und unzählige Tote her. Der Drogenfahnder Art Keller tritt nun an, um Adán Barrera, dem mächtigen Drogenboss, für immer das Handwerk zu legen. Er begibt sich auf eine atemlose Jagd und in einen entfesselten Krieg, in dem die Grenzen zwischen Gut und Böse schon längst verschwunden sind: ein Krieg mit epischem Ausmaß, ein Krieg gegen die Gesetzlosen. Macht, Korruption, Rache und Gerechtigkeit.
1951: Die CIA, die Nikolai Hel inhaftiert und gefoltert hat, macht ihm ein Angebot: Seine Freiheit gegen den Tod des sowjetischen Botschafters in Peking...
Mexiko, Mitte der 70er Jahre: Der US-Drogenfahnder Art Keller hat sich in das Herz der mexikanischen Drogenmafia eingeschleust...
Japan 1951. After spending the last three years in solitary confinement for the murder of his mentor, Nicholai Hel is offered the chance of freedom - but at a price. Overseen by his American spymaster and the beautiful and mysterious Solange, he must travel to China and assassinate the Soviet Union's commissioner. In a landscape primed for war this is a suicide mission he has no choice but to accept. From the glittering corruption of Beijing to the darkest shadows of the Vietnam jungle, his mission will sweep him through a world of chaos, violence and betrayal.
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"Priced Too High"
Privatermittler Frank Decker ist ein Meister seines Fachs: Er findet Menschen, die vermisst werden. Keiner hat seine Härte, seine Besessenheit und seine Unnachgiebigkeit. Hat er einen Fall angenommen, verfolgt er ihn erbarmungslos. Als die atemberaubend schöne Frau seines Freundes verschwindet, ihr Auto verlassen in den Ghettos von Miami gefunden wird, und die Polizei im Dunkeln tappt, setzt Privatermittler Frank Decker sich auf die Fährte.
Kalifornien, Laguna Beach: Aussteiger, die in Versuchung geraten, Lokalhelden und Träumer, die nicht genug bekommen...
Die siebenjährige Hailey spielt im Garten. Als das Telefon klingelt geht ihre Mutter kurz ins Haus. Eine Minute später kommt sie zurück. Und ihre Tochter ist verschwunden. Detective Frank Decker weiß: Jetzt läuft die Zeit. Doch egal welchem Verdacht die Ermittler nachgehen, auch nach zwei Wochen gibt es keine Spur von Hailey. Bis ein weiteres Mädchen verschwindet - diesmal wird die Leiche gefunden, der Täter geschnappt und auch mit dem Mord an Hailey belastet. Akte geschlossen.