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The Traffickers

By W.E.B. Griffin

The Traffickers
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2009,
    352 pages.

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Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but lately there's been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. A gangland shooting in a popular tourist location has left six dead, most of them innocent bystanders, and days later the body of a headless Latina turns up in the Schuykill River. Everybody assumes they're not related, but Payne can’t shake the hunch that there’s something more to it—and that hunch leads him far from the City of Brotherly Love to the Texas–Mexico border. There, he finds a world where the lines of law and order are murkier than he ever imagined possible, and the daily question is "O Plato o Plomo?" Silver or lead. Cash or death.

Which will Matt Payne take? Or will he just go home, glad to be alive .... ?

Filled with authentic color and detail, this is a riveting novel of the men and women who put their lives on the line, from the cop on the beat to the commissioner himself. It’s a story of fears, dangers, courage, loyalty, and genuine heroism: storytelling at its best.

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"Sophomoric, jokey dialogue and intrusive author lectures will lead many readers to tire of the whole business long before the evildoer receives his just and expected reward." - Publishers Weekly

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Rated 2 of 5 of 5 by Bob Safford
The Traffickers
I have been a Griffin Fan since his inception. I was a Clancy fan until he began using Ghost writers. I am almost ready to stop buying since William E. Butterworth IV started writing. The Book should sell well to 9-12 grade high school students. The dialogue is worse than my short stories that I wrote for English class at that age--you skip a lot of writing to get on with the story. The Yarn's are quite good. The attention to technical detail is superb, but the person to person exchanges make you want to throw up. Mr. Griffin needs to "proof" his son's writing (if he can?). I may give up Griffin altogether. The Drug Trade and its consequences are dramatic & horrifying.

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W.E.B. Griffin Author Biography

W.E.B. Griffin (William E. Butterworth III) is the author of thirty-six epic novels in six series, all of which have been listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.

Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counterintelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland and was assigned ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at ...

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