Bad Blood by James E. Merriman
(Murder or Self-Defense on the Mexican Border)

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In the Mexican Sanchez family, power is literally a drug. Carlos, the
family’s patriarch, runs the cartels and Hector, the eldest son, runs the
country, but their profitable empire is threatened by a cartel uprising and
internal, domestic strife. The cartels are weary of paying tribute to the
family in exchange for protection from the police and military. Carlos
has become psychotically obsessed with killing an American cowboy
and businessmen who had the stones to interfere with a Sanchez drug
operation in Arizona. Boots, the young daughter of the family, rebels
against her traditional role as a woman and wants a cut of the family
action. Meanwhile, Hector and his brother Ramón plot to take over the
family business from their increasingly unstable father. From his base in
Sonora, patriarch Carlos will plot to keep control of the family empire,
kill the American cowboy, and bend his own daughter to his wishes.

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James E. Merriman's thriller will appeal to readers who remainunconvinced by official accounts of the border drug wars. It operateson the understanding that the drug war has failed, and drug cartels nowrun the show. To write this gripping novel, Merriman brings all his richlife experience to the fore. A lawyer,a Vietnam vet, and real life cowboy,Merriman lives in the American Westand splits his time between Colorado andArizona. His previous novels of borderlife, GateKeepers and Push Back, movedcritics to call him "a gifted storyteller
Published June 27, 2012 by CreateSpace. 343 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For example, one passage describes in concise fashion the vast illicit-drug economy that supports people from all walks of life: “Farmers, importers, purchasing agents, negotiators, shippers, financial managers, money launderers, accountants, lawyers, intelligence agents, communications specialis...

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