Memo Smith was a talented deputy with the Doña Ana Sheriff’s Department. After letting illegal immigrants go from a traffic stop, the border patrol pressures the department to get rid of him. After resigning from the department and a bitter divorce, Smith moves to Juarez, Mexico to save money and instead becomes a key player in the new Juarez Cartel. Lalo Torres, a newly promoted detective with the El Paso Police Department, happens upon corruption within his division that is linked with the Juarez Cartel. Despite threats and a few attempts on his life, Lalo continues his investigation which leads to tragedy. He teeters on the edge of sanity as he becomes an avenging angel and takes out the corrupt police and the members of the cartel, one by one. Based on true events in the author’s life, Cartel Rising takes the reader deep into the workings of the drug trade and the Mexican Mafia.