Book Review: The Shadow Cartel by: Layton Green


Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: May 1, 2015

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: The sins of the past always return…

Called upon by a former love to look into the death of a family friend in Miami, veteran investigator Dominic Grey is sucked into the darkest reaches of international narcotics trafficking. The murders of multiple drug dealers during a bizarre religious ceremony, combined with the appearance of a mythical assassin, take DEA agent Federico Hernandez and CIA operative Lana Valenciano down the same deadly path.

Lying in wait is an enemy known only as the General: a criminal mastermind whose uncanny ability to avoid detection while cowing even the most ruthless of rival cartels has made him a legend.

Thrown together on a covert manhunt, Grey and the two government agents race across the Americas to unearth a dark chapter in the history of the CIA that has spilled into the present—and put them in the crosshairs of an underworld puppeteer with a frightening reach.

Review: Dominic Grey is asked to investigate the death by OD of a girl who is the niece of his former lover, Nya Mashumba. His investigation takes him into a world where hard-core drug dealers and cults intertwine and places him squarely in the crosshairs of the man behind the largest and most covert cartel ever. Meanwhile, Viktor Radek has checked himself into a sanitarium, but when he starts investigating based on information Grey has passed along, there are unforeseen repercussions which he must face. THE SHADOW CARTEL is a wonderfully well-written and delectably twisted novel. I have always appreciated the level of character development and research which goes into each Dominic Grey novel. I enjoyed the flashbacks throughout the novel which gives the reader a sense of who Dominic’s enemy is and how they came to be in this position. The plot is tight and moves along at a fast, but not rushed, pace. I think fans of the earlier Dominic Grey novels will be very happy with THE SHADOW CARTEL.

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2 comments:

  1. I've been a fan of the Dominic Grey novels, and Layton sent me a copy of this prior to release, but I just haven't gotten to it yet. Glad it maintains the standards of the series - should be a perfect summer read.

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