The tale of two American teenagers recruited as killers for a Mexican cartel, and the Mexican-American detective who realizes the War on Drugs is unstoppable. ‚Äö√Ñ√∫A hell of a story‚Äö√Ñ¬∂undeniably gripping.‚Äö√Ñ√π (The New York Times)
In this astonishing story, journalist Dan Slater recounts the unforgettable odyssey of Gabriel Cardona. At first glance, Gabriel is the poster-boy American teenager: athletic, bright, handsome, and charismatic. But the ghettos of Laredo, Texas‚Äö√Ñ√Æhis border town‚Äö√Ñ√Æare full of smugglers and gangsters and patrolled by one of the largest law-enforcement complexes in the world. It isn‚Äö√Ñ√¥t long before Gabriel abandons his promising future for the allure of juvenile crime, which leads him across the river to Mexico‚Äö√Ñ√¥s most dangerous drug cartel: Los Zetas. Friends from his childhood join him and eventually they catch the eye of the cartel‚Äö√Ñ√¥s leadership.
As the cartel wars spill over the border, Gabriel and his crew are sent to the States to work. But in Texas, the teen hit men encounter a Mexican-born homicide detective determined to keep cartel violence out of his adopted country. Detective Robert Garcia‚Äö√Ñ√¥s pursuit of the boys puts him face-to-face with the urgent consequences and new security threats of a drug war he sees as unwinnable.
In Wolf Boys, Slater takes readers on a harrowing, often brutal journey into the heart of the Mexican drug trade. Ultimately though, Wolf Boys is the intimate story of the lobos: teens turned into pawns for the cartels. A nonfiction thriller, it reads with the emotional clarity of a great novel, yet offers its revelations through extraordinary reporting.
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