The Cartel

Version: Unabridged
Author: Don Winslow
Narrator: Ray Porter
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: June 2015
# of Units: 19 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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From the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped from the headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

It’s 2004. DEA agent Art Keller has been fighting the war on drugs for thirty years in a blood feud against Adán Barrera, the head of El Federación, the world’s most powerful cartel, and the man who brutally murdered Keller’s partner. Finally putting Barrera away cost Keller dearly—the woman he loves, the beliefs he cherishes, the life he wants to lead.

Then Barrera gets out, determined to rebuild the empire that Keller shattered. Unwilling to live in a world with Barrera in it, Keller goes on a ten-year odyssey to take him down. His obsession with justice—or is it revenge?—becomes a ruthless struggle that stretches from the cities, mountains, and deserts of Mexico to Washington’s corridors of power to the streets of Berlin and Barcelona.

Keller fights his personal battle against the devastated backdrop of Mexico’s drug war, a conflict of unprecedented scale and viciousness, as cartels vie for power and he comes to the final reckoning with Barrera—and himself—that he always knew must happen.

The Cartel is a true-to-life story of honor and sacrifice, as one man tries to face down the devil without losing his soul. It is the story of the war on drugs and the men—and women—who wage it.

“Don Winslow delivers his longest and finest novel yet in The Cartel. This is the War and Peace of dope war books. Tense, brutal, wildly atmospheric, stunningly plotted, deeply etched.”—James Ellroy, New York Times bestselling author

Reviews (4)

Written by Emily D. on February 18th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Incredible book and most awesome narrator ever.

Written by Melanie Sanders on July 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an excellent book. I was hesitant as it was 23 hours long and I wasn't sure if I could tolerate such a long book. It gives an in depth look into the Mexican Drug Cartels. The storyline runs parallel to the craziness in Mexico from a couple of years ago. Love it. I hope they make this into a movie. There were betrayals on top of betrayals.

Written by Peter Jacobson on May 21st, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Incredible book and the narration is terrific. Highly recommended!

Written by Vianey Figueroa on September 21st, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Absolutely amazing! The stories and scenarios are spot on. Being Mexican American it breaks my heart that this world is still going on strong.

Author Details

Author Details

Winslow, Don

Don Winslow, a former private investigator and consultant, is the author of twelve novels, including The "Dawn Patrol", "The Winter of Frankie Machine", "The Power of the Dog", "California Fire and Life", and "The Death and Life of Bobby Z". He lives in Southern California.