Joe Tone
Bones: A Story of Brothers, a Champion Horse and the Race to Stop America’s Most Brutal Cartel

Bones: A Story of Brothers, a Champion Horse and the Race to Stop America’s Most Brutal Cartel
Joe Tone

Two brothers live parallel lives on either side of the US-Mexico border. This is the dramatic true story of how their worlds collided in a major criminal conspiracy.José Treviño was raised in Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican border town and major smuggling gateway. He grew up loving the sprawling countryside and its tough, fast quarter horses, but in search of opportunity he crossed the border into Texas.While José built a modest living laying bricks, his younger brother Miguel ascended to the top of the infamously bloody Los Zetas cartel. As José settled down with a wife and kids, his brother was said to be burning rivals alive, eating victims’ hearts and launching grenades at the US consulate.Then one day José showed up at a quarter-horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for a horse. The bricklayer suddenly became a major player on the scene, catching the attention of FBI agent Scott Lawson. Lawson enlisted Tyler Graham, the young American rancher breeding José’s champion horse – nicknamed Huesos, or Bones – to infiltrate what he suspected was a major money laundering operation.The goal: capture Miguel Treviño.Set against the high-stakes world of horseracing, Bones takes you deep into a violent drug cartel, the perilous lives of American ranchers and the Sisyphean work of drug cops, revealing how greed and fear mingle with race, class and violence along the vast Southwest border. At its heart, this riveting crime drama is a gripping story of brotherhood, family loyalty and the tragic cost of a failed drug war.

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First published in the United States by One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, New York, in 2017

First published in Great Britain by William Collins in 2017

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Source ISBN: 9780008245573

Ebook Edition © June 2017 ISBN: 9780008204822

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Epigraph (#ulink_c7d0a711-f191-5687-b1d2-f784f20d895b)

Every man suddenly became related to Kino’s pearl, and Kino’s pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of everyone, and only one person stood in the way and that was Kino, so that he became curiously every man’s enemy.



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Prologue: Pocket Trash (#u2446d710-2c68-5f50-879f-d86685266cbb)

Chapter One: Foundations (#ud5a804e3-235e-5150-9eb3-eb2113c91dfe)

Chapter Two: Bloodlines (#ud77cc210-c03a-5aca-bae2-803540b1af40)

Chapter Three: Follow Kiko (#uc54143c4-64b3-51df-8e53-e9b61297c909)

Chapter Four: Cuarenta (#u55ac13e7-e4a4-5272-8e85-9e0968c569c1)

Chapter Five: El Huesos (#u9915b7f4-6a9e-5252-b0bd-714c81173ead)

Chapter Six: The Laundry (#ua2933fe0-80c8-5912-b2dd-65b64c85444a)

Chapter Seven: Wildcat (#u4cd68015-f960-559e-9987-20588cb048ac)

Chapter Eight: One Fast Booger (#u3321fb39-b92f-5f6a-a8bc-4a22b44fd2ea)

Chapter Nine: The Winner’s Circle (#ueb7e84ae-ad50-5e3a-b015-a675d0db94f1)

Chapter Ten: New Players (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Eleven: Too Tempting (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twelve: Mountain Gods (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Thirteen: FMES (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Fourteen: Christmas Tamales (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Fifteen: Where’s Papi? (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Sixteen: Otherwise Illegal Activity (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Seventeen: Operation Fallen Hero (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Eighteen: Little Black Dots (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Nineteen: Flush (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter Twenty: The Wire Room (#litres_trial_promo)