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The Power of the Dog - Don Winslow Utterly epic crime novel from one of the best crime novelists writing today. Winslow's books are a pleasure to read and this one is no exception. The story of the rise of a Mexican drug cartel over thirty or so years and of one DEA agent who tried to stop the cartel while being constantly undermined by his own agency and by the corruption always found wherever there are giant piles of money (I'm looking at you U.S. politics).

THE POWER OF THE DOG was a huge undertaking and was masterfully done by Winslow. Excellent characters, wonderful dialog and tight plotting abound in all of his books but this one may be the best of his I have read yet.