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Gangland : The Rise of the Mexican Drug Cartels from El Paso to Vancouver
11/23/2012
Ida D. McGhee
Jerry Langton. Mississauga, Ont.: J. Wiley & Sons Canada, [2011], c2012. 276 pp. $22.95.
Friday, November 23, 2012
by: Ida D. McGhee

Section: Adult Book Reviews





Ida D. McGhee, Retired Hartford Public Library

Langton's book gives excellent insight into the origins, the daily life and inner workings  of the Mexican drug cartels and drug trafficking throughout Mexico, crossing over into the United States and Canada.  He examines the politics of these countries and their policies that seek to end the growing number of gangs, murders and crimes due to the narcotics trade.  Drawing on years of research, this exposé reads like a thriller filled with peril and adventure as it rigorously delves into the elaborate charades and lives of drug lords and the corrupt law enforcement agents and lawmakers.

Langston writes about many criminal cases that have gained international attention.  A major chapter in the book discusses the hundreds of missing women throughout Juarez, Mexico.  Due to the brutal and gruesome descriptions of decapitations, territorial wars and rivalry among the cartels, Gangland is not for the weak or fainthearted. 
A fascinated read that will be of interest to readers of true crime, law enforcement and politics.  Jerry Langton is a freelance journalist and the author of several bestsellers.

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