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Murder City by Charles Bowden
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Jun 15, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: latinamerica, drugs, crime-criminal-justice-law, journalism
Read in June, 2011

Reading any ten pages of this book will give you a haunting glimpse into the violence that takes place along the Mexican-US border, largely but not entirely related to the drug trade. But because Bowden does not develop any story lines, any ten pages you read will have the same effect as any other ten. He has a great writing style, but this one just doesn't go anywhere. My guess is that the reader was supposed to get the feel of the numbing relentlessness of this all (sort of like the descriptions of dozens and dozens of killings in 2666) but for this reader all I got was bored.

Bowden knows this world, but he already wrote his great book about it in Down by the River. Read that one instead.

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