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Publisher's Summary

This explosive novel of the drug trade takes you deep inside a world riddled with corruption, betrayal, and bloody revenge.

Art Montana is an obsessive DEA agent. The Barrera brothers are heirs to a drug empire. Nora Hayden is a jaded teenager who becomes a high-class hooker. Father Parada is a powerful and incorruptible Catholic priest. Callan is an Irish kid from Hell's Kitchen who grows up to be a merciless hit man. All of them are trapped in the world of the Mexican drug Federación.

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.

©2005 Don Winslow; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A pit bull of a book. Once unleashed, this thriller...charges and attacks without mercy, shredding anyone in its path....A well-tuned plot, driving rhythm, intelligence and a touch of politics." (Washington Post)

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  • Denton
  • elmendorf, TX, United States
  • 05-21-17

Good book

I bought the next book first and enjoyed it very much and this one filled in all the blanks I enjoyed it very much

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A Masterpiece

This book and performance is a masterpiece of crime fiction. Winslow is at the top of the genre. I intend to become a Winslow completist after finishing this and The Cartel. You probably will too after reading or listening to this.

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Not a Book, an Epoch

This book could be 3 or 4 different books as it weaves together seemingly unrelated stories and characters over decades in the war on drugs. It features memorable characters and a DEA agent on a one-man righteous mission. Overall, by the end, the book is satisfying, but the set up takes a long time getting there. If you're willing to spend the 20 hours on this one, the ending is at least satisfying.

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  • Sheryl
  • Menlo park, CA, United States
  • 03-10-17

Lot's of stuff going on

Would you try another book from Don Winslow and/or Ray Porter?

Yes. The writing was good and I love Ray Porter. I kept getting lost in all of the
details, people, players. I think, for me, it was the subject matter that lost my interest.

Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love Ray Porter. He's the reason I gave the book a try. Like I said, I will give one of Winslow's other books a try.

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Winslow is a Master Story Teller

If this book has not been adapted to film it's a shame. One of the best books I've listened to in years!

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brilliant combination of thrilling and informative

one of the best books about organized crime I've read and the connection to American agencies is very very interesting as well. must read

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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Good characterization and colorful narration but too repetitive to maintain my interest. Chase, Shoot, Repeat.

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Just as good as the second book.

Don Winslow and Ray Porter are meant for each other. This series is fantastic. They are long books but the story keeps you needing more. So many twists and turns.

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  • Jennifer
  • RUNNELLS, IA, United States
  • 02-12-17

Very exciting & suspenseful!!!

Kept my interest throughout book!! It’s scary that it’s based on true events. I can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series.

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Hits on all cylinders

Often I find a tendency in myself to search for a book that has some lasting literary value – but usually I'm looking for escape. This book is flawless escape –. And in a few moments it aspires to literary excellence. It achieves this imperfectly at times – at other times it remains pure escapism, albeit at top-notch. There are many allusions - echo chambers of meaning, centered on the theme of JUSTICE – of good cops and bad cops, and good people who do bad things, and the bad people who do good things – it makes you wonder at times who is good and who's bad. One of my favorite descriptions of how a brutal drug killing in which two children and their mother are killed, is rationalized as "the law of the jungle." Another phrase for "law of the jungle," is "power of the dog."