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ISBN: 9781937875329

Publication Date: Oct 2013

Format: Paperback

Set on the Texas/Mexico border during the early years of Reagan’s “War on Drugs”, Mariguano tells the story of contrabandisto Don Julio Cortina’s ill-fated attempt to fix the 1988 Mexican Presidential elections. The story is told through the eyes of Cortina’s son, El Johnny, who bears witness to his father’s cocaine-fuelled transformation from devoted head of family to self-destructive head of a criminal organisation that is rife with betrayal and deceit.
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Set on the Texas/Mexico border during the early years of Reagan’s “War on Drugs,” Mariguano tells the story of contrabandisto Don Julio Cortina’s ill-fated attempt to secure the Plaza at a national level by fixing the 1988 Mexican Presidential elections.

The story is told through the eyes of Cortina’s son, El Johnny, who bears witness to his father’s cocaine-fueled transformation from devoted head of family to self-destructive head of a criminal organization that is rife with betrayal and deceit.

Anyone who wants to understand the tragedy of modern-day Mexico and America’s complicity in the Mexican drug wars will want to read Mariguano, a novel that recalls classic crime narratives such as Nicholas Pileggi’s Wiseguys or William S. Burroughs’s Junky but also reads like the work of the best Mexican and Latin American novelists such as Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez.
Pages 216
Dimensions 216 x 140
Date Published 30 Oct 2013
Publisher Texas Review Press
Subject/s Fiction   drug trafficking  
Juan Ochoa is licensed to practice law in his beloved Mexico. Ochoa has been everything from pistolero to professor and is currently teaching English at South Texas College, USA.

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