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Winner of the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2016.
Winslow's The Power of the Dog which I once reviewed for The Guardian was a truly epic tale of the war against drugs that felt suffocating and sweaty and scary. This lengthy sequel is set barely a few months later as DEA Agent Art Keller believes he has finally left the dangerous world of Central and South American drug-running and murderous mayhem and treachery behind him for good. However, his sworn enemy, crime kingpin Barrera escapes from his Mexican prison and is remodeling his evil trafficking empire and, with a price on his head, Keller has no alternative but to go undercover again. Torn from the headlines, this is a robust and exhausting doorstopper that no less than James Ellroy has described as 'the War and Peace of dope-war books' and is both intensely realistic and rigorously true to life with all the absolutely frightening implications this holds. Genuinely breathless stuff that will grip and horrify you. A future classic. ~ Maxim Jakubowski
The Cartel by Don Winslow
From the bestselling author of the acclaimed The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping true-to-life epic, ripped from the headlines, spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars. It's 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adan Barrera, the head of El Federacion, the world's most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller's partner. Putting Barrera away costs Keller dearly - the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead. Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. The Cartel is a true-to-life story of power, corruption, revenge, honour and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul.
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'Don Winslow delivers his longest and finest novel yet in The Cartel. This is the War and Peace of dope-war books. Tense, brutal, wildly atmospheric, stunningly plotted, deeply etched. It's got the jazz-dog feel of a shot of pure meth.' -- James Ellroy
'Sensationally good, even after the near-perfection of The Power of the Dog. Less of a sequel than an integral part of a solid-gold whole.' -- Lee Child
'The Cartel is a gut-punch of a novel. Big, ambitious, violent and widely entertaining, Don Winslow's latest is an absolute must-read.' -- Harlan Coben
'Don Winslow is one of the most exciting and well-researched crime writers of modern times. The Cartel is a masterpiece of storytelling.' -- Simon Kernick
'Astoundingly ambitious...Draws on real events and people as it chronicles Mexico's drug wars...Masterfully organised and teeming with memorable characters, it is unlikely to be bettered this year.' Sunday Times (Thriller of the month).
About the Author
Publication date5th May 2016
More books by Don Winslow
Author 'Like for Like'
PublisherArrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
CategoriesCrime & mystery
Thriller / suspense
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