An international medical conglomerate secretly creates a state-of-the-art surgical center within the Texas Medical Center district in Houston to perform organ transplants for wealthy patients desperate to find a suitable match at any price.
The concierge-style operation uses a public clinic in Monterrey, Mexico, to source its organ matches, unbeknownst to the impoverished donors, who are led to believe they will simply be donating a kidney.
FBI Special Agent Cortez, while investigating possible cartel connections to the recent murder of a prominent Houstonian, instead uncovers a scheme so despicable that it shocks even the most hardened of law enforcement officers.
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 during the chaos bubbling over from the Mexican Civil War more than a century ago.
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.