Bloodlines : The True Story of a Drug Cartel, the FBI, and the Battle for a Horse-Racing Dynasty
by Del Bosque, Melissa

Follows the dangerous attempts made by two FBI agents to bring down the fearsome leader of an infamous drug cartel, Miguel Treviäno, who was laundering money through American quarter horse racing.

*Starred Review* Del Bosque, a National Magazine Award-winning investigative reporter for the Texas Observer, chronicles the FBI's discovery of a Mexican cartel's elaborate scheme to launder money through the U.S. purchase and racing of quarter horses. By 2010, the Zetas had brutally warred with rivals and one-time allies, killing countless civilians and emerging as one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels. FBI rookie Scott Lawson is biding a hardship post in the Texas border town of Laredo when he begins investigating the auspicious entry into quarter-horse racing by Dallas mason José Treviño-brother of high-ranking Zetas Miguel and Omar. With the cooperation of a Texas ranch owner working with José, Lawson and his team learn that Miguel is using his above-the-law brother, various straw buyers, and outright cheating to clean drug money in this industry already known for "handshake deals, cheating, and doping." Del Bosque breaks up the complex tale into brief, fluidly narrated, suspenseful chapters. Fully portraying the many key players and following the intricacies of the Treviños' sophisticated plan, the FBI's race against other federal agencies and the press to crack it, the gut-dropping dynamics of cartel coercion and retribution, and the eventual, dramatic trial, del Bosque recounts a true story that reads like crime fiction. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Two FBI agents work to take down members of a drug cartel wrapped up with quarter horse racing in Texas.In her first book, Texas Observer investigative reporter del Bosque follows new agent Scott Lawson and his eventual partner, identified here with a pseudonym because she has family in Mexico, as they work with Tyler Graham, the young owner of a horse farm, to uncover a money laundering scheme set into motion by the Zetas, a violent cartel controlled by the Treviño family. The author describes scenes of action in suspenseful detail without neglecting the more mundane aspects of the investigation, including the painstaking tracing of the money trail between the cartel's leaders in Mexico and their agents, who often spend unusual amounts of cash to buy horses in the United States. The author has a clear understanding of the often counterproductive conflicts among the various government agencies working the drug war in Texas, and she builds tension in the narrative by emph asizing how close the FBI's carefully built case came to being scuttled by the agendas of other agencies. Del Bosque also follows closely the trial of those accused of money laundering, analyzing the ups and downs of the prosecution of the case. While the account is, as might be expected, skewed toward the points of view of those participants who were willing to talk with her, particularly Lawson, the author skillfully uses a variety of sources to convey the intricacies of a complicated case and builds in bits of background without slowing down the movement of the story. The working relationship between Lawson and his partner is particularly well-defined. Fans of true crime and readers curious about the inner workings of Mexican drug cartels should enjoy this well-researched story. Though different in execution, this book pairs nicely with Joe Tone's Bones, which covers the same subject. Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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