Javier Valdez, author of the acclaimed Miss Narco, publishes a new account of Mexico's drug trafficking scene. This time, the main characters are youngsters, male and female, in crucial stages of their personal development that, in one way or another, find themselves involved in drug dealing. Their life paths will inevitably change, regardless of whether they can escape it or fall in its trap. The author gathers the most intense, surprising and compelling stories that stain Mexico's social and political life every day.
The testimonies from reporters and photographers unveiling the ins and outs of drug dealing, and warnings about the growing participation of teenagers in a world rife with crime and savagery, are endless. Javier Valdez Cardenas, renowned journalist from the north of Mexico, renders in his work a compelling recount of a bloody and uncontrollable reality: the wild war of drugs in Mexico. His stories reflect the actions and effects in the lives of a young population who made this a personal choice, who were lured in by money, or dragged into a fight among assassins and the federal army, state police, or the drug dealers' internal wars of domination.
About the author:
Javier Valdez Cardenas was born in Culiacan, Mexico, in 1967. He has been a reporter for the newspaper La Jornada since 1998 and is the founder of Riodoce, a weekly publication. He is acclaimed internationally for his journalistic work in the area of drug trafficking and society. His articles have been published in magazines such as Emeequis. He is the author of De azoteas y olvidos, co-author of El Gabo en Sinaloa, edited by the Universidad Autonoma de Sinaloa, and author of the chronicle La letra en la mirada. In 2010, he was a finalist with Miss Narco for the Rodolfo Walsch prize, awarded by Semana Negra of Gijon.