The sequel to Winslow’s page-turner Power of the Dog, the Cartel takes our tale of the Mexican drug trade to the present day and includes the rise of the ultra-violent new breed of narcos such as the Zetas. In writing and character development, perhaps a better book than Power of the Dog, this one (befitting the changes in the drug game) is also much, much more violent. This is a compelling indictment of the drug war, and a chilling reminder of the human price paid in Mexico for American’s desire to get high. If you can handle the decapitations, sexual violence and random murder of innocents, then this is a power read.
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