“Brilliant . . . Blake’s masterful action-driven narrative and his revealing look at the ultraviolent Mexican drug trade rival the best of Don Winslow and Kem Nunn.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From Los Angeles Times
Book Prizewinner James Carlos Blake comes a relentless thriller about a young man who falls for the wrong woman, with life-threatening consequences. Eddie Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe clan, a family of Texas outlaws. Eager to strike out on his own, he disregards the family requirement of going to college and instead crosses the border to work security for a Mexican drug cartel run by the ruthless La Navaja.
At a party Eddie falls for Miranda, who he learns too late is the girlfriend of El Segundo, La Navaja’s brother. When El Segundo finds the two of them together, Eddie kills him, forcing the lovers to flee the cartel. But La Navaja’s reach is far and his lust for revenge insatiable. Fighting their way across the brutal Mexican desert, Eddie and Miranda’s only hope may be the very Wolfe family Eddie abandoned.