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Reviewed in the United States on January 14, 2020
Disclosure: books about drug cartels’ wars are not my usual cup of tea because they tend to describe violence in a way that I find too graphic for a fiction. But since the story was written by accomplished and well-read writer and was short and free I decided to give it a try.
The narrative starts with a scene of brutal fight between cartel members and police officers with equally brutal language. Then plot moves back and forth in time revealing more information about people on both sides of the law. This includes two brothers, both law enforcement officers. There is a smart twist to the story, but the best part and the reason for three stars, and not only two, is these brothers’ relationship. The biggest downside for me was the graphic description of the planned torture. Maybe I should try the longer book by this author; there must be a reason why he is so popular.