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"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"

A Death in Mexico by Jonathan Woods

ISBN: 978-0982843680

A voluptuous artists’ model is murdered, her mutilated body dumped in the central plaza of the colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. Inspector Hector Diaz’s murder investigation takes him deep into San Miguel’s gringo expat colony, the corruption of modern Mexico by greed and drugs, and the quirky byways and dead ends of love. Corporal Felicia Goya, a tough cookie, ably assists Diaz in his search for the killer. When ancient Aztec gods or their hallucinations appear to Diaz, he considers the legacy of Mexico’s bloodstained past as a blueprint for justice in the present. Recalling Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union in its mastery of metaphor, wit, moody atmosphere and sense of place, A Death in Mexico is a gritty and gripping quest for revenge and redemption.

Raves for A Death in Mexico

“Brutal as the kick of raw mescal, A Death in Mexico depicts a nightmarish drug-ridden modern Mexico, where corruption and sadism lie in wait for unwary Americans...powerful.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Jonathan Woods has arrived. A Death in Mexico is a great and telling ride south of the border into madness and mayhem. I loved it.”
—Michael Connelly, Edgar Award-winning author of The Lincoln Lawyer and the Harry Bosch crime novels, most recently The Drop

“The knock you on yer arse book of 2012, the one you roar: ‘This rocks!’”
—Ken Bruen, Shamus Award-winning author of The Guards and Headstone

“Jonathan Woods writes twisted scenes that had me laughing in wonderfully inappropriate ways. And right when the action is going mach speeds, he somehow whispers a poignancy right in your ear.”
—Joshua Mohr, street poet of San Francisco’s Mission District and author of Termite Parade and Damascus

“Jonathan Woods’ A Death in Mexico is more than a police procedural, it’s a portrait of a wounded man trying to make sense of a world that increasingly makes none. Woods stands with Simenon and Derek Raymond as a master of the form.”
—Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest and The Adjustment

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