By Don Winslow

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From the across the world best-selling writer of the acclaimed novel The strength of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, true-to-life, ripped-from-the-headlines epic tale of strength, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the previous decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

It’s 2004. DEA agent paintings Keller has been scuffling with the struggle on medicines for thirty years in a blood feud opposed to Adán Barrera, the top of El Federación, the world’s strongest cartel, and the fellow who brutally murdered Keller’s companion. ultimately placing Barrera away price Keller dearly—the lady he loves, the ideals he cherishes, the existence he desires to lead.

Then Barrera will get out, decided to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to reside in an international with Barrera in it, Keller is going on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice—or is it revenge?—becomes a ruthless fight that stretches from the towns, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington’s corridors of strength to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona.
Keller fights his own conflict opposed to the devastated backdrop of Mexico’s drug warfare, a clash of unparalleled scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for strength and he involves the ultimate reckoning with Barrera—and himself—that he consistently knew needs to happen.

The Cartel is a narrative of revenge, honor, and sacrifice, as one guy attempts to stand down the satan with no wasting his soul. it's the tale of the warfare on medications and the men—and women—who salary it.

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