THE DEVIL'S NECKTIE                                JOHN LANSING

The Devil's NecktieRetired inspector Jack Bertolino had strict rules when dealing with confidential informants. But Mia had the kind of beauty that could make a grown man contemplate leaving his wife, his job, and his kids. After a passionate night together, Mia is found murdered—and Jack is the lead suspect.

Facing threats from the LAPD, the 18th Street Angels, and a Colombian drug cartel, Jack delves deeper into the seedy world of drug dealers and murderers and discovers that the top players knew Mia personally. And now Jack is torn between fearing for his life and seeking revenge for his slain lover….either way, the body count will rise.

This is a fast paced book with a lot of different characters and takes you from L.A. to Ontario and though some of the places are made up not all of them are. So I was able to really get into the story knowing these areas made it feel like I was reading a true life story and not fiction. Jack Bertolino, is a retired inspector from N.Y. he has taken cops and drug runners, and his last was a drug cartel from Columbia. Thinking he was going to be able to relax in the sun and get away from the criminals is not going to happen. It starts with one of his former CI calling him who just came into L.A. and needs to talk to him quickly. After they meet and so on, they agree to meet again the next day. As he is driving away from the house he notices a black and white pass him and by the time he realizes it did not have a light bar on top and turns around she is dead. Now he must deal with the LAPD which he really does not want to do. He figures out that it has to be the cartel coming after him but what he does not figure out for a while is a street gang from Ontario called 18th street Angels are also after him and are working with the cartel. There are stories on top of stories in this book and that is what keeps this book going. The author takes you inside the gang and the power struggle that is always there right at the top just waiting for someone to mess up or make the wrong call. He even brings in their girlfriends which is another part that people leave out of gang life not thinking how much power some women have on the streets and how they can make or break a deal. This is a very good book from the beginning to the end. I got this book from netgalley.  I give this 5 stars.

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