Jim Dutton

Path to Revenge

Path to Revenge, the second novel in Prosecutor Nick Drummond’s legal thriller trilogy, begins with Drummond facing a grand jury probe for murder for the death of a cartel chief. Drummond avoids indictment when the jury finds out that he was gravely wounded fending off cartel hitmen. After the near indictment, Drummond and task force members go to South America to track down the cartel leader who directed the murder of a deputy U.S. Marshal.
The leader spearheads the cartel’s venture to set up a distribution network to transport pure cocaine by submarine to North America. Drummond’s team combines with Peruvian and Colombian special forces to combat the cartel’s efforts and bring back the leader to San Diego to stand trial. In South America, the leader meets Elin, a freespirited professor on sabbatical. At her urging, the leader undergoes a 4-day Ayahuasca inner-quest ceremony in the Amazon jungle.
This experience opens up his mind to the possibility of a life independent of the cartel. Path to Revenge continues the author’s authentic portrayal, with wit and insight, of the criminal justice system. It provides the reader with behind-the-scene insights into the international investigation, the grand jury process, and trial. San Diego and the exotic locales of the Galapagos Islands, the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and the Amazon basin of Columbia and Peru serve as the backdrop for the author’s action-packed novel.
373 printed pages
Original publication



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