Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family
SOMETIMES THE DEAD WON'T GO AWAY.
Phil Jordan runs DEA intelligence, but when his brother Bruno is killed, he is powerless. Amado Carrillo Fuentes runs the most successful drug business in the history of the world, but when his usefulness to governments ceases, he mysteriously dies in a hospital. Carlos Salinas runs Mexico, but as soon as he leaves office, his brother is jailed for murder and Salinas flees into exile. Sal Martinez, DEA agent and Bruno's cousin, does the secret work of the U.S. government in Mexico, but when he seeks revenge for his cousin's murder, he is sentenced to a term in federal prison.
Beneath all the policy statements and bluster of politicians is a real world of lies, pain, and money.
"Down by the River" is the tale of how a murder led one American family into this world and how it all but destroyed them. Of how one Mexican drug leader outfought and outthought the U.S. government. Of how major financial institutions fattened on the drug industry. And how the governments of the United States and Mexico buried everything that happened.
All this comes together down by the river, a place where the fictions finally end and the facts read like fiction. This is an unforgettable American story about drugs, money, murder, and family.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - earthwind - LibraryThing
A border city, a murder, and a culture outside of belief. DEA official Phil Jordan's personal story behind the murder of his brother has an intense chilling tension. The reader keeps feeling flashes ... Read full review
DOWN BY THE RIVER: Drugs, Money, Murder, and FamilyUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Sprawling, lacerating account of the drug war along the Mexican border, which is nothing but a slow-motion holocaust, according to veteran nonfiction author Bowden (Blues for Cannibals, 2001, etc ... Read full review