Don Winslow’s knowledge of the ongoing drug wars in Mexico and the U.S. is prolific and frightening. In ” The Cartel”, DEA agent Art Keller has finally got his man. The cartel kingpin, Adan Barrera. The man who murdered his partner and controls the Mexican cartels. After being transferred to a Mexican prison, Barrera is a prisoner in name only. Drug money and threats of death are very strong motivators for looking the other way and Adan lives better in prison than most of us do on the outside.
After his escape, in which everyone it seems is complicit, he is planning on taking back his territories but who can you trust to help with that? Everyone it seems has their own army of trained killers and no one is safe from the brutality of those fighting for territory.
This is a novel that not only entertains the reader, but educates them as well. I was disgusted with our own government, my heart breaking for the good people of Mexico who are caught in the crossfire of heartless, greedy and just plain evil drug dealers.
This is a painfully honest look at what is ongoing between our two countries and if you can only read one important novel this year, this is the one you need to read.
The pace is fast and the characters were well fleshed out. How do you stop killers with no heart or morals? Maybe by turning into the same thing? What would you do?
It has taken me days to come out of the fury I felt after finishing this novel. Buy it, rent it, or get it from the Library, but read this book!