Caitlin Strong wages her own personal war on drugs against the true power behind the illicit opioid trade in Strong from the Heart, the blistering and relentless 11th installment in Jon Land's award-winning series.
The drug crisis hits home for fifth generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong when the son of her outlaw lover Cort Wesley Masters nearly dies from an opioid overdose. On top of that, she’s dealing with the inexplicable tragedy of a small Texas town where all the residents died in a single night.
When Caitlin realizes that these two pursuits are intrinsically connected, she finds herself following a trail that will take her to the truth behind the crisis that claimed 75,000 lives last year. Just in time, since the same force that has taken over the opiate trade has even more deadly intentions in mind, specifically the murder of tens of millions in pursuit of their even more nefarious goals.
The power base she’s up against—comprised of politicians and Big Pharma, along with corrupt doctors and drug distributors—has successfully beaten back all threats in the past. But they’ve never had to deal with the likes of Caitlin Strong before and have no idea what’s in store when the guns of Texas come calling.
At the root of the conspiracy lies a cabal nestled within the highest corridors of power that’s determined to destroy all threats posed to them. Caitlin and Cort Wesley may have finally met their match, finding themselves isolated and ostracized with nowhere to turn, even as they strive to remain strong from the heart.
“Caitlin Strong is my kind of gal!” —Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author
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Land ably juggles multiple plot threads in his riveting 11th Caitlin Strong novel (after 2019's Strong as Steel). After determining the origins of a killing agent that wiped out all 288 residents of the Texas border town of Camino Pass, relentless justice-seeker Caitlin, a fifth-generation Texas Ranger, becomes a murder target when attempting to bring down the heinous architects of a massive drug operation. Meanwhile, Caitlin's rebel lover, Cort Wesley Masters, aggressively investigates pill mills and extensive distribution networks responsible for the near death of his son, Luke Torres. In flashbacks to 1898, past episodes mirror present ones, with Caitlin's great-grandfather, fearless Texas Ranger William Ray Strong, joining forces with young Mexican bandit Pancho Villa to battle a mighty Chinese drug cartel and locate the abducted children of Camino Pass. Repetition and padded scenes somewhat inhibit the flow, but the subplot concerning Villa and William Ray more than compensates with its historical intrigue. Series fans will be eager for more.