When small-town Police Chief Jeff Buck becomes involved with a domestic dispute, he has no idea how much his life will change. The police arrest the woman, a real piece of work, who ends up giving a tip that leads them to one of the biggest drug busts in the Midwest. Drugs arent anything new to Buck. He worked narcotics undercover for twenty years. Hes reluctant to get back into that world, but once he sees where the trail leads, his juices flow, and he throws himself into the case wholeheartedly. It turns out there is a Russian Mafia in Bucks backyard distributing huge amounts of marijuana and other drugs coming in from Canada, not from Mexico as most people believe, and the group growing and running the weed is a Canadian branch of the Hells Angels. But there is another wrinkle. The product is coming through an Indian reservation right on the border and, as a sovereign nation, that makes the wrinkle really big. Buck has to find a way to work with a number of agencies on both sides of the border and in the reservation as well.
The story Jeff Buck and his two co-writers, Jon Land and Lindsay Preston, tell in this book is an incredibly complex one with lots of moving parts. It is both fascinating and compelling, although on several occasions the writers bring in illustrations of how things work by telling stories from other cases Buck worked on through the years. While interesting in their own rights, these stories tend to slow the main story down and bring in characters and events that get in the way of the main story. That said, the writing is excellent, the story relevant to most people, and for those who enjoy good cop stories, this one is a good one.
Jeff Buck with Jon Land & Lindsay Preston