Book Review: The Border Lords

T. Jefferson Parker’s The Border Lords (2011) is a dark crime story. It revolves around Charlie Hood, an ATF officer, needs to investigate his friend and fellow officer, Sean Ozburn who has been implicated in a murder. The only trace Ozburn left is a series of strange videos he sent to his wife. Hood must find out if Ozburn is okay or if he has turned to the other side before the border drug cartels get to him.

Tone and Realism

I had no expectations when I picked up this book in the library. The one thing I liked about the book is the tone. It reminded me of some of the gritty crime movies I’ve seen before. Parker did a great job in depicting the total callousness the young sicarios exhibit when carrying out their kills. The characters feel real and their decisions seem in line with their personalities. The only thing I didn’t like about the book is the focus. I haven’t really done an in-depth mathematical study on the story, but it felt like Parker gave too much focus on Sean Ozburn and not enough on Charlie Hood, the protagonist of the story.

Final Thoughts

I thought The Border Lords was a solid story. It felt like this type of plot could happen in real life. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but that might be because I’m not familiar with the genre. I recommend this book to any fans of crime dramas.

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