I have three degrees, two in business and a Masters in Education. Two of his younger brother became a big player in the drug business as part of a cartel called the Zetas. All in all a good read! If you can't come to an event and still want an autographed copy of the book, you may purchase titles in advance either in the store, over the phone or through our website. He was said to have burned rivals alive, murdered Mexican and American law enforcement officers, and launched grenades at a U. One brother, known as Z40, became a really bad actor and big time gangster in Mexico.
Tone excels at providing just enough background to help the reader understand quarter horse racing and breeding, the various law enforcement agencies involved in counteracting illegal drug trafficking, and the mechanics of money laundering. José, married with kids and now a U. Born in Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican border town on a crucial smuggling route, José was one of thirteen children raised by a hardworking ranch hand. He stayed out of trouble. Del Bosque includes the other case agent, Steve Pennington, a criminal investigator with the Internal Revenue Service, whose testimony in this case and others have been the subject of several Express-News articles.
I found the book easy to follow and a great narration of a very complex case. Through amazingly detailed research, Joe Tone has brought us a riveting tale about the pursuit of justice in the most dangerous of worlds. Meanwhile, none of the white conspirators were indicted. When we see bankers in perp walks, we will know that the government is serious about ending cartels. Were there any reforms in how horses were auctioned and how payment was made? The reporting does raise questions about how law enforcement chooses and uses informants.
One works for thirty years as a bricklayer in Texas, barely surviving, and initially rejects the life of a drug smuggler. Then one day he showed up at a quarter-horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse—the largest amount ever paid for a quarter horse at an auction. Each chapter revealed something new and fascinating, both about Los Zetas and American quarter horse racing. I will admit that I found the first half very tedious to get through; it was a lot of background information on the drug wars, cartels, and quarter horse racing--all of which was obviously necessary to the story, but it didn't always hold my interest and was confusing at times. They did okay, never getting ahead, but supporting their family and children.
He became a bricklayer and worked his way up to afford a modest living for himself and his family. This operation took down one small cog in a giant cartel, one that was relatively insignificant, but symbolically important. He became a bricklayer and worked his way up to afford a modest living for himself and his family. Much has been covered in prior reviews, so I will add what I feel is the most significant reason to recommend this book. A very interesting story and well worth reading.
Born in Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican border town on a crucial smuggling route, José was one of thirteen children raised by a hardworking ranch hand. The author goes back and forth between different times and geographical locations frequently. He has written extensively about sports, crime, and immigration, among other topics, and has been honored for his investigative reporting, sportswriting, and narrative storytelling. José became an American citizen and worked for many years in Dallas as a bricklayer. Two brothers, one a Mexican drug lord noted for bloody, senseless violence; the other, a mild-mannered brick layer turned major player in the quarter-horse racing scene that began when he started buying horses with his Mexico brother's tainted cash. The law is some tricky shit.
Each chapter revealed something new and fascinating, both about Los Zetas and American quarter horse racing. He has written extensively about sports, crime, and immigration, among other topics, and has been honored for his investigative reporting, sportswriting, and narrative storytelling. The analysis of the workings of our government agencies and how they work or don't work together is well done and quite interesting. Great example is his comments about wire tapping. But the sudden entry of a modest bricklayer into the quarter horse arena did not go unnoticed. He was a huge prize for American law enforcement and they were constantly looking for a way to bring him down. I grew up owning and riding quarter horses; the discussion of the quarter horse racing industry was fascinating and I suspect it would be interesting to anyone with any interest in horses.
The author did his homework! I highly recommend this book for a fast moving, informative, and exciting read. In fact, my wife is an equine vet locally. Joe did a great job in expressing the foremost in Mexican life Family. Full of inside dope on everything from racetracks to money laundering to the finer points of smuggling, Bones delivers a killer tale that is a scary joy to read. He stayed out of trouble. He gives the same careful treatment to every aspect of this story as it gallops between racetracks in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and California, chasing money and mayhem across the Mexican border. I will admit that I found the first half very tedious to get through; it was a lot of background information on the drug wars, cartels, and quarter horse racing--all of which was obviously necessary to the story, but it didn't always hold my interest and was confusing at times.
Realizing that he wasn't going to be able to live big forever, he looked for some way to funnel his money into his family and discovered the world of quarter horse racing and breeding. Another adopts a life among the drug dealers, eventually rising in stature to become a vicious drug lord. The author has even exposed the territorial battles between the governmental agencies charged with keeping these illegal activities in check. Tone weaves the threads together with skillful pacing and sharp prose, marking him as an important new talent in narrative nonfiction. The dramatic true story of two brothers living parallel lives on either side of the U.