Strong Justice (Caitlin Strong Series #2)

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Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back, pursuing justice the Ranger way. She takes on the case of a Mexican girl on the run from white-slavers. For Caitlin, the case evokes memories of her legendary grandfather’s run with the Rangers, even as it brings her face-to-face with a serial killer who’s left a trail of bodies along the Mexico border.

Pursuing the killer brings Caitlin to a sleepy Texas town suddenly riddled by violence and to the site of a major water ...

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Fifth-generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is back, pursuing justice the Ranger way. She takes on the case of a Mexican girl on the run from white-slavers. For Caitlin, the case evokes memories of her legendary grandfather’s run with the Rangers, even as it brings her face-to-face with a serial killer who’s left a trail of bodies along the Mexico border.

Pursuing the killer brings Caitlin to a sleepy Texas town suddenly riddled by violence and to the site of a major water find. The connection between these two disparate places lies buried beneath the plains of West Texas: a deadly weapon with the potential to give a new enemy the means to terrorize the United States.

Her grandfather’s past collides violently with Caitlin’s present as she fights to save her world in the same border town where he fought to save his. Caitlin will learn, just as he did, that only strong justice can save the day. But this time, outmanned and outgunned, even that may not be enough to keep Caitlin Strong—and the country itself—alive.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Land’s intense, skillfully plotted second thriller to feature formidable female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong (after Strong Enough to Die), Caitlin pursues Macerio, a serial killer who’s murdered more than 400 Mexican women since 1997 near the U.S. border. Meanwhile, Col. Renaldo Montoya, the commander of Mexico’s renegade Zeta Special Forces, plots a guerrilla war against the U.S. that he believes will launch the 2012 “End Times” foreseen by the Mayans. Caitlin’s also investigating Albion, Tex., where residents living close to where tycoon Hollis Tyree III is drilling for water are inexplicably going nuts. The action heats up after Caitlin rescues teen Maria Lopez and later other girls from being sold into prostitution or killed by Macerio. Luckily, boyfriend Cort Wesley Masters, a former Special Forces vet, is on hand to assist. Land reveals a surprising link between Caitlin and her grandfather, Earl Strong, also a Texas Ranger, as events hurtle to an explosively satisfying finale. (June)
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“Fantastic! One of the best books I’ve read all year.”—Vince Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Pursuit of Honor

“A fantastic, riveting read. Historical lore and contemporary terrorism are interwoven into this gripping story, but the underlying themes are timeless: honor, valor, and justice.”—Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Smash Cut on Strong Justice

“Filled with crackling gunfights, snappy dialogue, and a heroine worth her weight in bullets, Strong Justice proves that the Wild West still lives and breathes in modern Texas. With this book, a great series just got better.”—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Colony

“An adrenaline-packed, tension-soaked thrill ride! Land delivers one of the toughest heroines around fighting to hold some of the roughest real estate around. Throw in a serial killer, a couple of drug lords, and a handful of deep dark family secrets, and it’ll take some Strong Justice indeed.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Neighbor

“Land is a pro. He delivers exactly what readers want. Strong Justice kicks butt and takes names. Long live Caitlin Strong.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Vendetta

“Merges the old and new Wests in an action thriller that hits the bulls-eye dead center. If you like Stephen Hunter’s gunfighter books, this one’s for you.”—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of The Shimmer on Strong Justice

“From the gripping first page to the pulse-pounding climax, I didn’t want to put it down. Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong is a compelling heroine.”—Carla Neggers, New York Times bestselling author of The Mist on Strong Justice

“Dark and ornery and moody in all the right places. Doing a series is hard. But in Strong Justice, Jon Land shows exactly why to do it, digging deeper and deeper into his delicious characters.”—Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Lies

“The book is a page-turner, the pace blistering, the characters well-drawn, and the action hot. The plot is timely, exploiting fears of border smuggling, torture, high-tech snooping into private lives, and out-of-control private security companies. Land, a better writer than most who work in the genre, lays the story down in a tight, vivid prose style.”—Associated Press on Strong Enough to Die

Library Journal
Land brings back Texas Ranger Strong in another slam-bang thriller that exceeds her first appearance in Strong Enough To Die. Strong uncovers evidence of a white slave operation when someone close to her saves a young woman from certain death, but the head of the ring refuses to let his target escape. At the same time, the denizens of a small town descend into random acts of violence that cannot be rationally explained. All of these elements escalate, and to survive, Caitlin must face her own OK Corral. VERDICT Land is in top form, mixing elements of a modern action thriller with the fine tradition of Western novels. He skillfully blends historical facts about the Texas Rangers into his gripping tale, which he fleshes out with fully developed characters. Fans of both thrillers and classic Westerns in the tradition of Louis L'Amour should get their hands on this one right away. [Author appearances at BEA; ThrillerFest promotion.]—Jeff Ayers, Seattle P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765369574
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Series: Caitlin Strong Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 611,447
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Land lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    SAtrong Justice by Jon Land reviewed by Russ Ilg

    Jon Land, by far one of the greatest thriller writers of our time, returns to the shelves with the second novel in the Caitlin Strong series, STRONG JUSTICE. These days, with seemingly everybody writing thriller novels, Jon Land has set himself apart from all the rest with a novel that is so different that none of them can compare to his genius.

    Caitlin Strong is a fifth generation Texas Ranger who has teamed up with one of the greatest bad guys of her time to take you on the ride of your life. The story sweeps back and forth though between the lives and legends of her father and grandfather, two of the greatest Rangers who ever lived. They inspire her to be the very best of the best and to always do the right thing no matter what the outcome or cost.

    Written well before the headlines of today, Land prophetically includes all that is happening along the Mexico border today, and reveals that these are not new headlines at all, but actually go back to the very time when the Texas Rangers were formed. She remains involved with Cort Wesley Masters, the most notorious outlaw in modern Texas history, and his sons who she has taken on as her own, the older of which finds himself targeted by a serial killer with over 400 victims to his deadly credit. Caitlin and Cort Wesley chase that serial killer and drug lords back and forth across the border in a nonstop, no-holds-barred trill ride that will keep the lights on till you finish this amazing novel. Land throws a few surprises into the mix just to make sure you never think of putting the book down. And anyone who does will miss out on the return of the prequel's most fascinating character, a former Venezuelan assassin who is now the protector of the poor Mexicans he sees as his redemption. But Guillermo Paz has his own agenda as well, which includes uncovering secrets in Caitlin's past that were never supposed to come to light.

    This is by far the best book I have read this year, an amazing thing since I said the very same thing about the first entry in the series, STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE. But Land has outdone himself and then some, going way over the top with this one. I loved the way the past and the present converge to tell a story that is the ultimate page-turner. STRONG JUSTICE begins with a gunfight and ends in one of the greatest shootouts you will ever read. And through it all, you will feel you're right there in the middle of the action, watching the whole thing unfold right before your eyes.

    This isn't a globetrotting novel with international spies and world ending viruses and villains that need to be stop before they end the world. Instead it remains rooted in settings immediately north and south of the border. STRONG JUSTICE is utterly unforgettable, so thrilling that I'm already losing asleep while awaiting publication of Caitlin's next adventure. So preorder your copy now or, then see where Jon Land's tour travels will take him and meet the author behind the greatest thriller of the year.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    complicated and convoluted police procedural

    This may be the most complicated and convoluted police procedural of the year as the body bag industry is booming due to the homicides that depopulate most of the myriad of subplots. Jon Land affirms his strong skills as he is able to keep each subplot running smoothly and actually have an additional one re the attraction between the ranger (see Strong Enough to Die for her previous tale) and the outlaw. With ghosts from the past of both leads smoking up storms, fans will appreciate this complex thriller that focuses on the violence and economics of the Tex-Mex trading in guns, drugs, and girls (who do you think employs illegals in Arizona).

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

    I never thought I would be the kind of person to enjoy a western

    I never thought I would be the kind of person to enjoy a western, especially one that takes place in the modern era. I love historical fiction, so if I were to read a western, I might be able to bring myself to read one that took place in the Old West - I love Little House on the Prairie, which is definitely not a western, but it's in the same setting, so maybe that would help if I tried to read a traditional one. But I've never been much interested in gun-slinging vigilantes out on the frontier. One of my brothers, Peter, loves that stuff. He actually owns several seasons of Bonanza and he'll watch any John Wayne movie that comes on AMC. But not me. Which is why I'm surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did - especially considering how comparably apathetic I was to its predecessor, Strong Enough to Die. 
    I think the history connection in this book was the key to my enjoyment. In Strong Justice, Jon Land picks up Caitlin Strong's story several months after she and her unlikely sidekick Cort Wesley Masters have successfully defeated Garza and his allies in Mexico. Their relationship is uncertain at the start of this, as Cort Wesley is still adjusting to his role as an actual dad and Caitlin is having some commitment issues. They're forced to reunite when Cort Wesley's son, Dylan, befriends a Mexican teenager named Maria who's actually escaped a sex trafficking ring and is now on the run, desperately trying to hide from a terrifying man named Macerio who's trying to get her back. But as it turns out, the events that Caitlin and Cort Wesley are trying to deal with actually has roots with the Texas Rangers of Caitlin's grandfather's generation. Earl Strong became a Texas Ranger legend and some events in the early days of his career wind up having pretty major consequences for Caitlin to deal with. I was so impressed by how Jon Land managed to tie everything together - he even ended up bringing back villain-turned-saint Guillermo Paz, who feels compelled to save Caitlin's life again. All the various aspects of this book seem super disconnected, but Land managed to bring them all together in way that actually made sense. It's mind-boggling to think how time-consuming it must have been to not only write this 350 page novel, but also to take the time to connect all the dots in a way that made sense. 
    This impressive accomplishment made up for the lack of character development, which had bothered me in Strong Enough to Die. Upon reflection, I've realized that there's only so much that an author can focus on. There is no such thing as a perfect book - even my favorites, like Gone With the Wind and Anna Karenina, have their flaws. In this series, Land focuses on creating action, suspense, and an incredibly intricate plot. As a result, character development beyond what's necessary for the plot falls through. But truthfully, as much as I adore intricate characters, they're not really all that necessary for a book like this. And this book did have a bit more than the first - Cort Wesley and Caitlin have to evaluate their relationship, and in the process they have to reveal some emotional vulnerability on both parts, which was neat to see. This was enough to satisfy some of my desires to really know these characters. 
    I think that this series is a really great one. You don't really see too many westerns anymore, and I think it's awesome that Jon Land evolved this series so that it fit the interests of a modern audience. It's not one that I would have chosen to read on my own, but I'm really grateful that Jon Land was generous enough to send me copies of the books so that I could read it. I would have missed out on a really cool story. If you like mysteries and strong female characters with a lot of Southern sass, I think you should give the Caitlin Strong series a try. You definitely need to start with Strong Enough to Die - this book will make absolutely no sense if you try to read it first. But once you get to this one, I think that you'll really enjoy it. 
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review from the author, but in no way did this influence my review of the book.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011


    Jon Land's earlier books were far more exciting than this apparently new series about Texas Rangers. I enjoyed the book, but the main character, Caitlyn Strong seems a little wooden.

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