The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.
Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives discover the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.
|Publisher:||Black Rose Writing|
|Edition description:||First Printing ed.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)|
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“Caught in a Web” by Joseph Lewis is a very well-written story and fast-paced. The story has graphic violence and other horrific things people do to each other in life and the book focuses around the tough teenage years. You are either going to quit reading this graphic book or find yourself unable to stop reading it. The author writes about the strong vs. the weak, bullying, drugs, sex, revenge, gangs, and graphic violence and other very bad things in life. Reading this story makes you appreciate anti-drug choices you’ve made in the past and encourages you to protect your own children from the evil existing in our world. The subject matter is tough, but the author is a very talented writer.
Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite In Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis, another boy from the high school in Waukesha has been found dead, overdosed on a concoction of heroin and fentanyl. Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann are called in to solve the spate of similar deaths. The key is to locate the supplier of fentanyl and dismantle the drug ring. Meanwhile, MS-13 gang member Ricardo Fuentes arrives to locate who is trying to take over their patch. He also has a personal vendetta to take care of. George Tokay, a fifteen-year-old boy, is on his radar and Fuentes aims to kill George and his family as revenge for the death of his cousin. As Fuentes closes in on George, the detectives uncover a shocking link to the murders, the drug suppliers and the high school. In Caught in a Web, author Joseph Lewis has created a fantastic suspense novel. From the first chapter, the story line had me hooked. Each character was rich and three-dimensional. The dialogue was authentic to the characters and brought them to life. There were many twists and turns throughout the plot, and the ending was gripping and totally unexpected. The plot moved forward constantly and the conflicts involving Fuentes were engaging. The author clearly has a great knowledge of young people, how they interact with their peers and adults. There were scenes of violence but they were totally necessary for the plot. George was a great protagonist, strong and fearless, and Fuentes’ character was pure evil. I will be reading more from this author; the way he can set a scene and build tension is superb. Highly recommended.
Caught in a Web by Joseph Lewis is a definite page turner featuring the MS-13 gang and all of it's atrocities. Taking place in Milwaukee, the book has a ton of characters ranging from Jeremy to George and a bunch in between. Jeremy has adopted George along with a lot of other young boys who need help. Jeremy soon becomes their true father figure, and is who the boys run to for guidance. The relationships here are quite well described and rendered in a loving fashion. However the story is truly about the sad fact that young kids are dying of overdoses of heroin. This is where detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann come in and they try to solve this mystery, and delve into the underground world of the famous and dangerous gang, MS-13. The characters are fully rendered, and at times you feel real empathy for them and their circumstances. While this is surely a sign of superb writing, some readers may be offended and taken aback by the violence that is graphically described throughout and the suggestion of a lot of familial closeness. It was borderline weird. It is frankly described, and a bit over the top in places. Even with that, the story is provocative on it's own merit, and worthy of delving into. Highly recommend for a gritty and satisfying read.
3.5 Stars MS-13, heroin, Fentanyl, revenge, death .... one would think this story was ripped out of today's headline news. But this is fiction .... and it takes the reader into dark places that most of us have never seen and never want to. Junior High and High School kids have been found dead, like litter thrown to the side of the road. The drug trade is active and busy. The kids are dead of overdoses. Someone is cutting in on the MS-13 business and no one wants a drug war. But there's more than just drugs at risk here. The man MS13 sends to shut down the interlopers into their business and teach them a lesson wants way more than that. He wants one particular teenage boy who killed his cousin. Three detectives .... Jamie Graff, Paul Eiselmann, and Pat O'Connor .... are charged with finding the drug ring, the drug lords, and putting an end to them. What they never imagined was how far down the roots are in the schools, students, and even staff. When it comes to kids and illegal drugs, I cannot actually say I "liked" this book. Vicious gangs, school bullying, graphic violent scenes and dead and dying children, and the sexual escapades of young people make this an uncomfortable read... especially to a mother of now-grown sons. It's like an accident on the side of the road .... you can't help but look as you pass by. This was a well written, riveting read ... one that's hard to put down once started. Many thanks to the author / Books Go Social / Netgalley / The Crime Book (FB) for the digital copy of this crime thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.