Literary Las Vegas: MacArthur Johnson

MacArthur Johnson practiced law for 28 years before moving to Nevada to work as house council for a construction company.

Later he worked as a consulting project manager and superintendent for heavy civil construction projects in the Las Vegas area.

Now retired since 2008, he and his wife, Carol, a retired teacher, enjoy golfing peppered with writing.

“Going South,” MacArthur’s first full-length novel, is a thriller that follows Eric Butler, a CIA agent assigned to infiltrate and destroy a South American drug cartel.

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As far as Barajas knew, I was the front man for a syndicate marketing enormous quantities of drugs in Europe and the Middle East. I was looking to establish a replacement supplier and to expand my lines of endeavor. We had dealt indirectly with each other on several occasions, but he had never allowed us to meet. I knew he was involved because the quantities were too great to be supplied by anyone else. Barajas never completed the transactions but was always aware I had the ability to pay for the large quantities he had been asked to supply. In less than twenty minutes Jose Salvador Barajas was going to be offered a schematic for the marketing of commodities he had represented which would turn the drug, and if he chose — the flesh trade upside down. What he would not know was, it was going to be run by the CIA.

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