From the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped from the headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars. Its 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adn Barrera, the head of El Federacin, the worlds most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Kellers partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearlythe 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. His obsession with justiceor is it revenge?becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washingtons corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona. Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexicos drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barreraand himselfthat he always knew must happen. The Cartel is a true-to-life story of honor and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul. It is the story of the war on drugs and the menand womenwho wage it.
American author, Don Winslow, has lived in many places around the world, but his favorite place, and now residence, is California. He was born in New York City, and did go back there as well during his young adult years before he became a full time writer. He actually grew up in a quiet town in Rhode Island, and credits his parents with his ambition to become a writer.......his librarian mother, who encouraged reading, and his Navy dad, who loved to tell stories.
In New York City, Winslow was a manager of Times Square theaters, and also a private investigator. He possessed two higher education degrees, one in African Studies and one in Military History. He even led safaris in Kenya and hiking trips in China. With all those varied jobs, the writing began easily for Author Winslow.
He has written: A Cool Breeze on the Underground, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, which was the book that was so successful it allowed him to be a full time writer. It and his book Savages were both adapted for film. His most recent novel, The Force, was licensed to 20th Century Fox and was due to be released in March, James Mangold, Director.
Winslow still lives in California with his wife, Jean. They have a son, Thomas.