In this topical and fast-paced thriller, readers are transported inside the shadowy world of the opioid trade, where suppliers fight ruthlessly to expand their turf and addicts struggle to stay alive. If you’re a Vince Flynn or James Patterson fan, don’t miss this novel.
Straight-arrow police officer and former Marine Matt Riley is determined to rid his small Midwestern town of a deadly new opioid called Ace of Diamonds, but he’s up against formidable adversaries: El Animal, the chief of a vicious Mexican drug cartel, and his American underlings. Riley recruits recovering addict Cody Ware as an undercover informant, but the cartel has its own spies in surprising places. As Matt and Cody struggle to overcome their mutual dislike and stop the Ace of Diamonds, they also must fight their own demons. Matt struggles with PTSD after being seriously wounded during a battle in Afghanistan, and Cody fights the cravings that could make him relapse. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns as Ace of Diamonds flows from Mexico to the American Midwest.
Author J. Michael Boucher thoroughly researched the opioid epidemic that kills more than 50,000 people annually, and his insights gained from addicts, law enforcement, medical professionals and others give readers an inside glimpse into a world that impacts so many. With a quick and engaging voice, Boucher transports readers from small-town America through our cities and across the border as lives are upended by a cartel that will stop at nothing to keep addicts hooked.