Adrian Magson is the author of 20 crime and spy thrillers, including the Harry Tate series, the Lucas Rocco series and the Marc Portman series. His latest books are ‘The Locker’ (Midnight Ink - Feb 2016) the first in a new thriller series, and ‘Hard Cover’ (Severn House - March 2016), the third of his Marc Portman novels.
Using his family’s money and dubious connections, wealthy playboy Charlie Mendez, accused of a series of vicious date rapes of young women, flees across the border into Mexico, under the protection of a drug cartel.
With the cartel controlling the police and army, and a population too terrified to do anything but their bidding, getting Mendez back seems impossible, with several lives already lost in the process.
But one young victim, Melissa Warner, has other ideas, and asks professional bodyguard Ryan Lock to bring Mendez back to face trial.
Lock has his own demons driving him, due to his fiancé having died after being kidnapped by a vicious killer. And while he knows all-too well the dangers facing anyone going south of the border, he agrees to help her. This promise means even more when Melissa dies of injuries after being shot in an attempt to shut her up.
Mendez is thought to be hiding out in Diablo, a town where murder is rampant and casual, where the law counts for nothing and where young girls are routinely taken off the street and killed for pleasure. And now another young American has been kidnapped and is being held by the cartel’s assassin, Hector, who is also a policeman. Her future looks grim.
With almost every hand against them, Lock and his partner, Ty Johnson, face an uphill task. But they aren’t as alone as they think.
Detective Rafaela Carcharon is the one bright spot in the sordid world that is Diablo. She knows what goes on, she knows who is responsible – and she knows the politicians and senior policemen who are in the pay of the drugs cartels. But there is nothing she can do without meeting the fate facing every member of the police who chooses not to look the other way.
She will end up dead.
This is real man-hunt stuff, with tension and action galore as Lock and Ty go up against the cartel, and where betrayal and murder lurk on every street. Readers who like their thrills and spills coming at them at a hectic pace will revel in this tale of life and death… and hopefully justice for the victims.