Former Broadway star Tommy Jump isn’t getting the roles he once did; as his final run asSancho Panza draws to a close, Tommy is getting ready to give up the stage, find a steady paycheck, and settle down with his fiancée. Cue Special Agent Danny Ruiz. An old school friend of Tommy’s, now with the FBI, Ruiz makes Tommy an offer that sounds too good to refuse. All Tommy has to do is spend six months in prison, acting as failed bank robber ‘Pete Goodrich’. Inside, he must find and befriend Mitchell Dupree, who has hidden a secret cache of documents incriminating enough to take down New Colima, one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels. If Tommy can get Dupree to reveal where the documents are hidden, the FBI will give him $300,000. More than enough to jumpstart a new life. But does he have what it takes to pull off this one final role?
Herrera saw them from a distance, three Range Rovers, all black and bulletproof, ripping along in a lopsided V formation, kicking up plumes of dust that stretched for half a mile behind them like long, billowing snakes. El Vio might have been in any of the three. Or none of them. You never knew for sure. You never knew anything with El Vio. As the vehicles closed in, their windshields glinting in the bright sun, Herrera could already hear the General’s voice barking orders in excited, high- pitched Spanish. The General was chief of security for the cartel. He did not sound very secure. These inspections were never announced. Nor did they conform to any pattern, at least not that Herrera was aware of. There might be three in one month, nothing for an entire year, then two on consecutive days. Be unpredictable. That was El Vio’s first rule, both for his generals and for himself. Change everything, all the time: the places you stay, the restaurants you frequent, the women you sleep with. It was impossible to ambush a man who never kept a set schedule. Rule number two: Don’t drink, take drugs, or do anything to dull your wits. Even for a moment. Because that could be the moment you’d miss something that could cost you your life— whether it was the drone flying overhead, the snick of a safety coming o a gun, or the subtle shift in a man’s eyes as he lied to you. Three, be daring— atrevido, in Spanish. Atrevido was one of ElVio’s favorite words. Timidity was for shy woodland creatures. Running a cartel required bold action. Hit your enemies hard enough,fast enough, and they’ll be too stunned to hit back. Four, and most important, make sure the Americans never had anything concrete on you. Mexican police could be bribed or intimidated into not arresting you. Mexican judges could be bribed or intimidated into not convicting you. Mexican jailors could be bribed or intimidated into letting you go free. Not so with the United States. Therefore, extradition was the worst of all possible outcomes. El Vio dreaded extradition more than death.
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