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Molly Molloy , Charles Bowden
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October 2, 2012
“Todavía tengo problemas para recordar su rostro. Pero no me siento capaz de olvidar su historia”. —Charles Bowden.
 
Editado por dos de los más respetados escritores sobre el crimen y la violencia en México, El sicario es el testimonio de un asesino a sueldo que, afincado en el sangriento teatro del narcotráfico mexicano, secuestró, torturó y asesinó durante más de veinte años. Después de alejarse de tan terrible oficio y de entregarse a la religión, decidió contar su historia. El monólogo que emerge en estas páginas, estremecedor y sin precedentes, da voz a la violenta realidad que consume al país.

Esta confesión está motivada sólo por su negación a convertirse en una estadística más en el fracaso de México. En este libro, el sicario no sólo describe la tortura y el asesinato: deja al descubierto la corrupción total del Estado mexicano. En su mundo, el terror y la masacre son simples herramientas tanto para los cárteles como para la policía mexicana.

Hoy vive en Estados Unidos como fugitivo. Un cártel ofrece 250 mil dólares por su cabeza. Otro lo busca incesantemente para reclutarlo. Habla como hombre libre y por voluntad propia: no existen cargos contra él ni en Estados Unidos ni en México. Es una voz solitaria. Hay miles como él en México y habrá más en otros lugares, pero nadie con sus antecedentes ha dado hasta ahora un paso al frente para contarlo todo. Él es la verdad que nadie quiere oír, la cara escondida de la guerra contra el narcotráfico.

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“Todavía tengo problemas para recordar su rostro. Pero no me siento capaz de olvidar su historia”. —Charles Bowden.

About the Author

Charles Bowden es aclamado por la crítica por libros como Down by the River, A Shadow in the City y Some of the Dead are Still Breathing. Es editor de la revista GQ, y su trabajo ha aparecido en Harper’s, Mother Jones, National Geographic y Esquire. Ganador del Lannan Literary Award de no ficción, su libro Ciudad del crimen fue candidato al Premio Pulitzer. Vive en Tucson, Arizona.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0307951448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951441
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and educational read. July 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
I work on the border of Juarez, Mexico. I deal with issues that these guys have created regularly. This is a very good and true, seems to be, account of the life in the most corrupt goverment. Juarez is a battle zone and this guys manages to explain how it got this point. The editing was superb and the narration well thought out. I think that many who have an interest in Mexican/narco politics will find this as a great tool to understand the culture that the narco-terrorists have crafted over many years. Failed drug policies are evident as the reader goes thru the twists and turns of a true sicario. I wish all people would be able to understand and help a nation that is on the verge of collapse.

I see the complaints and the jabs that others have given Bowden, but this guy seems to have a true interest in why Mexico is as corrupt as it is. The Mexican people are truly the victims and Mr. Bowden has once again outlined and told the stories that need to be told. Well done sir. Now I am off to read Down by the River. Forthcoming review of that novel as soon as I can.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Into Mexico's Heart Of Darkness. October 27, 2011
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"El Sicario" gives us a voice reaching out from the violent landscape of modern Mexico. This is an unforgettable account of one man's life as an assassin, a predator for the cartels which have turned some of Mexico's border areas into war zones, and in his life we see the development and evolution of today's Mexico roughly from the 1980s to the present. There have been some good books recently published on the current drug war raging in our neighbor across the Rio Grande, including John Gibler's recent "To Die In Mexico" and especially "Murder City" by Charles Bowden, who interviewed the former assassin for a documentary and edited their conversations into this book, this is one of the best because instead of just statistics and figures, it gives us a pure form of journalism in the form of one man's testimony. "El Sicario" is a raw trip into the heart of darkness.

The Sicario divides his life into three basic sections: His childhood, his introduction to the cartel lifestyle as a young adult and finally his eventual exit from the cartel world, choosing to convert to Pentacostal Christianity of the variety so popular among Hispanic communities. There is a strange elegance to the way the Sicario guides us through each section, there is no attempt here to be flashy or "literary" and yet the words in their raw form have real power and pull. Unlike the flashy tales one gets in gangster movies like "Scarface," the Sicario's tale begins with humble roots in the typical, poverty-ridden surroundings of working class Mexicans, he describes his family and a father who worked to death to barely provide essentials. In a powerful moment the Sicario describes his one happy memory of a family outing: To the circus where they couldn't afford luxury snacks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Eye Opener! August 28, 2011
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After hearing so much news almost on a weekly basis about the horrors that are currently taking place in various states in Mexico, mainly in Ciudad Juárez, I came across El Sicario after seeing the preview for the documentary "Room 164" and thought it may be insightful to hear it from the "horse's mouth" so to speak. I have to honestly say after reading this book completely from cover to cover it really blew my mind. It is literally to the point the you refuse to believe some of the things El Sicario is revealing, but it is just too detailed, emotional, and so full of feeling that it is difficult to doubt. Not to mention various footnotes verifying many of the stories he tells. El Sicario is a chilling autobiography but the scariest and most uncomfortable thing about it is not even the sinister acts of violence he committed and witnessed, but the unprecedented level of corruption in Ciudad Juárez. I mean corruption is a serious understatement to say the least. This autobiography is certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you're brave enough to hear the truth about Mexico definitely consider picking this one up. 5 Stars!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review for El Sicario June 24, 2011
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According to the introduction the bulk of this book is based on the interviews with El Sicario (recorded for the documentary, El Sicario: Room 164) so it does read like a transcript more than an autobiography. There were a few of these hand-drawn sketches that didn't make much sense so not sure if it was filler for the book. They also got a little preachy not just on religion but on the government. I could have done without the editorial of the author (it wasn't content from the Sicario).

The book was Okay. It was interesting to read how this person started out as a pretty normal kid growing up in Mexico to becoming a monster. It's also chilling to read how he glosses over all the killing he has done now that he has found God without paying for his crimes. Not sure how carefully his story was verified but it was an interesting to read and it provides a glimpse how the situation in Mexico has gone from bad to worse over the last few years. The most chilling parts of course are when he describes the torture, murders, and other horrible things he did as a killer for the cartels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book October 17, 2011
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really enjoyed and learned if you can say that about the situation in mexico
i actually did feel like i was right there with the guy as he was telling his story
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It's kind of boring not too interesting.
Published 1 month ago by felix r acevedo
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of long...
I remember starting reading this book at BookPeople in Austin, and I got engaged with it. After a couple of years I finally give it a shot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elias De la Torre
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight
This book provides a great insight into the evil lives of the sicario. Once you are sucked into the underworld you can never get out, author provides great insights.
Published 3 months ago by John Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
this book rocks I lived in the same city when I was young why can't I be so lucky dam
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I thought this book was interesting and provided insight into the cartels and Mexican Police. I didn't have much sympathy for the Sicario though.
Published 4 months ago by MariaB
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up Obama, Narco Terrorism at it's finest
Why the US Government needs to not worry about Afghanistan and Iraq. Our greatest enemy is right at our border. The Cartels, they murder, rape, and torture. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition, like brand new
Quick shipping. No issues whatsoever. Recommend highly.
Information I needed was eacily obtained with information gleened from this book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Book Needer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum
Tell me something I don't already know or maybe it's just such a depressing subject to read about. This book didn't really give new insight into the Mexican drug war.
Published 11 months ago by Marilyn Egli
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and realistic reading
I would recommend this book to all Mexican and people living close to the Mexican borders. I loved the book
Published 11 months ago by Carrie Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Miedoso pero bien.
This book is worth reading. Many people are in denial about what is going on. We had better deal with our situation and strengthen our relationships with Latin American... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cien Anos
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