Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream by Joe Tone

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Jose Trevino was raised in Nuevo Laredo on the Mexican side of the border, one of thirteen children born to a hard-working ranchhand. He grew up loving the sprawling countryside and most of all the tough, fast quarter horses, but in search of opportunity he crossed the border into Dallas to work as a bricklayer. As Jose built a humble business, his older brother Miguel had ascended to the top of the infamously bloody Zeta cartel and was said to have burned rivals alive, eaten victims’ hearts, and launched grenades at the US Consulate. But Jose, married with kids and now a US citizen, kept his nose clean.

Then one day Jose showed up at a quarter horse auction and bid close to a million dollars for one horse—the largest amount ever paid at auction. The bricklayer quickly became a major player in the quarter horse racing scene that thrived on both sides of the border and caught the attention of rookie FBI agent Scott Lawson, who was himself raised on a horse ranch. He enlisted Tyler Graham, a young American rancher who was breeding Trevino’s champion horse—nicknamed Huesos, or Bones—to infiltrate what was revealing itself to be a major drug laundering operation, with the ultimate goal of capturing the notorious Miguel Trevino.

The powerful horse may drive the narrative but Bones goes deeper, shedding light on the drug war, the perilous lives of American ranchers, the Sisyphean work of drug cops, and how greed and fear mingle with race, class, and violence along the vast Southwest border region. At its heart, this riveting crime drama, set against the high-stakes world of horseracing, is an intimate story about two brothers, family loyalty, and the tragic costs of a failed drug war.

Title : Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream
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ISBN : 0812989600
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Joy D rated it ★★★★☆

September 28, 2017

Quarter horse racing and drug trafficking converge in this true story of brothers José and Miguel Treviño. José became an American citizen and worked for many years in Dallas as a bricklayer. Miguel, aka Cuarenta (Forty), became the leader of Los Zetas, a notoriously violent Mexican drug cartel....

Tonstant rated it ★★★☆☆

August 28, 2017

Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream is a true crime story examining the infiltration of quarter-horse racing by drug cartels seeking to launder money through the story of José Treviño Morales, brother to the infamous Miguel Treviño Morales (40) who led the Zetas and Scott L...

Schuyler rated it ★★★★☆

June 26, 2017

Joe Tone has taken three subjects I like a lot, the Mexican drug wars, cops, and racehorses, and written an in-depth true-life study of their intricacies. In “Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream,” he has researched the tangle of their being and tries to explain it to his re...

RMazin rated it ★★★★☆

August 05, 2017

The Trevino brothers, Jose and Miguel, were raised in a large family in Nuevo Laredo. Jose migrated to the American side in pursuit of a dream – opportunity and economic independence. He became a bricklayer and worked his way up to afford a modest living for himself and his family. It may be said...

Amy rated it ★★★★☆

December 18, 2017

The rags to riches tale of two brothers: Miguel, narco big man, and Jose, bricklayer pursuing his American dream free from his brother's taint. This is engaging reportage on Tejano family culture, quarter horse racing, and our war on drugs and immigrants. (Disclosure: I received a free copy of th...

Daniel rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

I have to admit, this book surprised the heck out of me. I got it as an ARC but didn't jump right into it. I thought it was going to over-simplify the situation on the US/Mexico border and the complexities of the drug war and immigration between the two nations the way that most media narratives...

Jo rated it ★★★★★

August 28, 2017

... With FBI Agent Scott Lawson as Eliot Ness, Miguel Trevino (aka Cuarenta aka Forty) as Al Capone, and money laundering instead of tax evasion. This meticulously researched book is an illuminating read. Each chapter revealed something new and fascinating, both about Los Zetas and American quarte...

Steph rated it ★★★★☆

December 29, 2017

The more I read, the angrier I get. Men can work with and for criminals, capitalize off these criminals, become millionaires, and are never prosecuted. Tyler Graham knows that narco money funds his business. He knows this! Narco money is an open secret in the horse racing world, according to Joe...

Emily rated it ★★★☆☆

December 30, 2017

I am not normally one to review books here, but I was fortunate enough to win an advance copy of Bones through a Goodreads giveaway. I was very excited to receive this book and had been intrigued by the description. I will admit that I found the first half very tedious to get through; it was a l...

Steve rated it ★★★★★

November 01, 2017

Disclaimer: I received this book as part of GoodReads' First Reads program. Jose Trevino moved from Mexico to Texas as a teenager and worked for most of his life as a bricklayer. His older brother got involved in smuggling weed, got caught and went to jail. Two of his younger brother became a big...

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