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The Rules of Wolfe (Wolfe Family Series #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  223 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
A Men's Journal, Deadly Pleasures, and Latinidad Best Book of the Year

Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe family of Texas gun-runners that goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in family operations and eager to set out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Mysterious Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 09, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Rules of Wolfe – Unique and Brilliant

James Carlos Blake returns with another outstanding crime thriller or as billed border noir with The Rules of Wolfe, which is simply unique and brilliant. This is a fast paced taut thriller whose prose is muscular and it literally drips from every page dancing on the edge of civilisation. The prose gives us very clear and strong imagery we get a thriller that is violent, dark, sexy and wonderfully exciting. No words are wasted and there is no padding out
Larry Deaton
May 29, 2016 Larry Deaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Carlos Blake’s The Rules of Wolfe is a crime noir novel of a family, the Wolfe family, with members of that family, both in Texas and Mexico, dealing in the weapons trade and supplying Mexican narcotrafficantes with guns. Given that dark story, it’s hard to find any heroes in the book.

The novel was shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award) The story is great, one of survival as a young man who is part of the Wolfe family goes to work with the Sinaloa cartel. It doesn’t take long
John McKenna
Jul 16, 2015 John McKenna rated it really liked it
Mysterious Book Report No. 151
by John Dwaine McKenna
The roughly 2,400 mile long imaginary line which separates the US from Mexico encompasses an area known as the borderlands. It’s been disputed, fought over and illegally crossed in both directions for as long as it’s been drawn. It separates the haves from the have-nots and represents two uniquely different cultures, each of which has its own customs and laws. But in the borderland, those differences are crushed together and blended into someth
Feb 27, 2016 Rob rated it really liked it
If you’re a James Carlos Blake fan (“Wildwood Boys,” “In the Rogue Blood,” “The Friends of Pancho Villa”), you’ll add “The Rules of Wolfe” to your list of favorite books this year. It’s a fast paced, high drama, Mexican drug cartel blood bath, not for the faint of heart. Blake remains one of my favorite authors. If you’ve never read him, try “Wildwood Boys,” a strong five-star novel set in pre-Civil War days dealing with the Kansas border wars. Think of Blake as Cormac McCarthy, but on steroids. ...more
David Kinchen
Jun 28, 2013 David Kinchen rated it liked it
I've heard of "border radio" but "Border Noir" -- part of the title of James Carlos Blake's "The Rules of Wolfe: A Border Noir" -- is a designation new to me. The thriller deals with the Rio Grande Valley-based (in Texas we call it simply "The Valley") Wolfe family of gunrunners and smugglers with operations in the northern Mexican drug cartel states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, among other locales.

The Wolfe family, blended Anglos and Hispanics like much of south Texas, has rules, but family me
Robert Intriago
Aug 22, 2015 Robert Intriago rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, 2015
Completely different than the first in the series. The first book was more a historical fiction of Mexico after the Mexican American war. This book is more an action book involving the Wolfes and the Little family. This book reminds me a little of Savages’ “The Cartel” as it involves the Sinaloa cartel, the Zetas and assorted drug runners. The story revolves around one of the Wolfes killing a cartel member and his attempt to escape punishment aided by the rest of the Wolfe family. It is full of ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Late teens and over. Holiday/travelling - it will keep you engaged.
An enjoyable and easy read. Not that the subject matter was easy - it's grizzly and a bit hard to stomach in places. I liked the main characters, and found myself routing for them despite them being quite ruthless.

I enjoyed the way it was written, coming from different characters angles. The narrative was sparse and to the point, which helped keep the pace.

I have not read this author before, but I would again, which is a testament to how much I like it.

Only 3 stars? It wasn't very deep or memora
Karl Elvis MacRae
Aug 27, 2014 Karl Elvis MacRae rated it it was amazing
I want an entire series featuring these characters. Truly entertaining and original execution. Love this writer.,
Jun 18, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: shelve-it
Quick, but predictable & not as good as other JCB novels.
Washington Post
Aug 05, 2013 Washington Post rated it liked it
"The Rules of Wolfe" is the second installment of James Carlos Blakes's Wolfe family series, a border family that dabbles in crime. That book was set in the 19th Century, whereas this one comes to the present day. "Rules" is ghastly border noir fashion (remember Cormac McCarthy's "No Country For Old Men" and "Blood Meridian?"). The novel follows the Wolfe brothers, Rudy and Frank, who maintain a gun-running operation in Brownsville, Tex. A cousin, rejected from the family business, becomes a gua ...more
Feb 03, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
A fast-paced, bone dry border noir by James Carlos Blake, whom I have been meaning to read for years now. It's a story of extraction really as the wayward son of a generations deep family of gun runners embroils himself in a first-rate fustercluck south of the border and slow creeps his way north with every breathing soul in country on his ass. The pace is relentless; I would have finished this in a single setting had time allowed. Though I've heard Blake mentioned in company with McCarthy, this ...more
Michael Watkins
Jul 27, 2015 Michael Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sad ending, but a good story until the end. I expected Cat to die at the end. Eddie should have stayed in college!
Alec Gray
Mar 29, 2015 Alec Gray rated it really liked it
Gritty and entertaining "border noir"- Mexican drug lords and hitmen and bad good guys.
Dec 14, 2015 Ted rated it liked it
not sue if I like the Wolfe series.. too much like a tv show..
Aug 18, 2015 Jason rated it it was ok
Completely generic. What has happened to James Carlos Blake?
Nov 06, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it
The Wolfes are a border family (on both sides through intermarriage with another family of anglo origins but Mexican bases of operation). They have some legitimate business interests, but are essentially smugglers and gunrunners. One of the younger members gets in trouble with the Sinaloa drug cartel due to his bad judgment, and is running for his life. Two of the Wolfes, Rudy and Franky, the specialists in such matters, go to his rescue against long odds. This book is the second novel about the ...more
Dan Downing
Nov 04, 2013 Dan Downing rated it it was amazing
James Crumley; T.J. Parker; Kem Nunn; Don Winslow: There are a few others who write Mexico/U.S. noir, who describe chases through Northern Mexico. Wambaugh told a lot of the story in his non-fiction "Lines and Shadows" (1984). Here we have J.C. Blake following up on his "Country of the Bad Wolfes" with a fast paced 'growing up on the wild side' story.
The writing sizzles as the story cracks along, encompassing many vividly defined characters as they work through their destinies.
Violent and beaut
Elizabeth (NC)
Aug 24, 2014 Elizabeth (NC) rated it liked it
Shelves: hive-2014
Reminded me of a Longmire episode.
Peter Learn
Feb 02, 2014 Peter Learn rated it really liked it
Good vacation book
Kit Fox
Jul 05, 2013 Kit Fox rated it really liked it
Was getting kinda curious as to what a Blake yarn set during modern times would read like (answer: a melange of Don Winslow and his own inimitable self). Personally, I'd be thrilled if he decided to knock out another Wolfe family yarn ever couple of years—they're a clan that could eat the Joad Family (and the Lannisters) for breakfast and still have time to make a gun run to Mexico before sundown.
Jan 08, 2014 Doug rated it really liked it
Wonderful "noir" novel with suspense, humor, violence, and memorable characters. I'm reading more Blake when I get a chance.
Dec 06, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Pretty good effort, I'm writing this review about two months after I finished the book and have to say that the most I can remember is that I enjoyed it! It wasn't up there with Elmore Leonard or James Lee Burke, but it had something going for it. An author I'd be happy to return to.
Aug 31, 2013 Laureen rated it really liked it
Shelves: heros
Actually closer to five, but not quite there. Very similar to No Country for Old Men, but not as many twists.
Richard Uhlhorn
Jan 29, 2016 Richard Uhlhorn rated it it was ok
Not my favorite writer by a long shot. Violence, sex, bad language for the sake of it doesn't interest me. The story had potential, but for me never got off the ground.
Nov 23, 2015 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, at-home
Enjoyable enough but not quite what i was expecting plot wise.
Judy Floyd
Aug 17, 2013 Judy Floyd rated it really liked it
Not my usual subject, however the story was good.
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James Carlos Blake is one of the America's most highly regarded living authors of historical crime fiction. Born in Mexico, his family moved regularly when he was a child, living in various towns along the border and coast before finally settling in Texas when he was six. After a stint in the army, Blake attended the University of South Florida and received a Master's degree from Bowling Green Sta ...more
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