Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream

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The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the U.S.-Mexico border-- and how their lives converged in a major criminal conspiracy. José Treviño was a devoted family man working as a bricklayer in Texas. Back in Mexico, his younger brother Miguel was ascending to the top ranks of Los Zetas, a notoriously bloody drug cartel. One day José showed up at a quarter-horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse, which caught the attention of an eager young FBI agent named Scott Lawson. Lawson enlisted Tyler Graham, an American rancher who would eventually breed José's champion horse-- nicknamed Bones-- to help the FBI infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major money-laundering operation, with the ultimate goal of capturing the infamous Miguel Treviño.
Publisher: New York : One World, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812989601
Characteristics: 329 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Feb 23, 2018

I totally recommend this book!

It's about the rise of the Mexican cartels and how they got their mitts into an industry that was already one rife with corruption and greed and basically how they made it even worse. How the FBI, IRS, DEA and all the other initials were competing with each other over the investigation and they very nearly screwed it all up as they had done with other things you find. The arrogance of everyone involved from the cartels to the Feds to the race industry itself is mindboggling.

One of the best and most interesting books I have read in a long while. If you know nothing about horses you won't feel overwhelmed and if you do know something about horses you won't feel patronized.

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Oct 10, 2017

Lively, but reads like a very long magazine article. Too long, too much detail. I was interested in the Mexican cartel connection, but not so interested in horses.


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