AS MEXICO’S DRUG WAR DESCENDS INTO CHAOS, A GRISLY WAVE OF KILLINGS IS BEGINNING IN CULIACAN . . . AND DETECTIVE EDGAR “LEFTY” MENDIETA MUST FIND THE MURDERER.

FROM ELMER MENDOZA, “THE MASTER OF NARCO-LITERATURE” (SACRAMENTO BEE) AND “THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT’S HAPPENED TO MEXICAN LITERATURE IN THE LAST THIRTY YEARS” (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH), COMES A THRILLING NOVEL THAT EXPLORES THE CORRUPT POLITICS AND DARK VIOLENCE OF THE CITY THAT MEXICO’S DRUG KINGPINS CALL HOME.

It’s Christmas in Culiacan and Detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta can’t believe his luck: An old flame has returned with his teenage son he knew nothing about, and he couldn’t be happier. But Jason Mendieta wants to follow in his father’s footsteps–even as Mexico’s drug war descends a slippery slope towards chaos.

While Lefty pursues a lunatic who has taken to bumping off dentists with a heavy-calibre pistol, a secret agent infiltrates a meeting of the drug lords and hears Pacific Cartel boss Samantha Valdes implore her underlings to stay out of the war. But an audacious murder provokes Samantha into changing her mind and launching a grisly wave of killings across the country.

There will be no quiet family Christmas for our detective, as Samantha persuades Lefty to help her find the killer that pushed everything over the edge. The truth he discovers will underline an old adage: revenge is a dish best served cold.

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