A brother and sister inherit a financially struggling East Texas lumber mill twenty years ago.
To help shore up their precarious financial situation, they enter into a "Faustian Bargain" with an old friend from Mexico to use the mill's transportation network to distribute drugs (cocaine, and later meth) throughout the Southeastern and Midwestern U.S.
While the brother runs the mill and the logistics/shipping operation, his sister is responsible for legitimizing the proceeds through an ever-growing array of investments in real estate, restaurants, college athletics, and entertainment to create a diverse and sustainable money-laundering system.
By the time law enforcement is even aware of their existence, the siblings are already laundering several hundred million dollars a year, including more than $70 million a year through the local private university.
THE CAJUN PIÑATA is the fifth book in the Pete Cortez FBI Thriller series.
Porfirio "Pete" Cortez IV is the protagonist in a series of FBI mystery/thriller novels written by Bill King.
He is a fifth-generation Texan of Mexican heritage, whose great-great grandfather fled across the Rio Grande to Texas as a young boy more than a century ago during the chaos bubbling over from the Mexican Civil War.
The son of an American petroleum engineer, Pete was born and raised in Venezuela before returning to the U.S. for college, the fourth generation of his family to attend Texas A&M University. Following five years in the Army, during which he served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Cortez left military service to begin a new career as an FBI agent. He is currently assigned to the Bureau's Houston office.
If you enjoy quirky characters from authors like John Sandford, Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard, you’ll love Pete Cortez.