Saturday, August 8, 2015
Coyote: A Border Crossing Thriller
And here's the blurb:
Mexico is in chaos. The government’s war on drugs has provoked a bloody power struggle between the nation’s most ruthless cartels. In less than a decade, more than 100,000 people have been murdered.
If Umberto Rodriguez is going to stay alive, he needs to get out of Mexico. And if he’s going to live well, the U.S. offers him his greatest chance. But crossing the border means surviving one of the harshest environments on Earth: a desert filled with sophisticated border control agents and lawless vigilantes who hunt men for sport.
He needs a ‘coyote’—a guide—and El Topo is the best guide in the business. But El Topo has a dark past, and hidden motives. Walking with him will plunge Umberto into the very heart of the struggle he’s trying to escape.
Can Umberto make the crossing, or is he doomed to become another border statistic?
Honestly, I had more fun writing this than anything else I've written in a pretty long time. Coyote is full of menace and drama and blood, with a thematic backdrop that seems very rich to me. In fact, the backdrop has so much dramatic potential that I'm hoping to write more stories in the same setting.