'Ford's taut, compelling prose is as piercingly clear as a police siren. No other storyteller writes about the alienated and uncommitted with such mastery' Sunday Times 'The book brings to mind cinematic versions of the romance of urban dereliction - the look of Paris, Texas for example ... You want Wim Wenders to make the movie, but you want Bogart and Bacall to be in it' London Review of Books 'His prose has a taut, cinematic quality that bathes his story with the same hot, mercilessly white light that scorches Mexico' New York Times Book Review 'Ford is a masterful writer' Raymond Carver
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In this novel of menace and eroticism, Richard Ford updates the tradition of Conrad for the age of cocaine smuggling. The setting is Oaxaca, Mexico, where Harry Quinn has come to free his girlfriend's brother, Sonny, from Jail and, ideally, to get him away form the suavely sadistic drug dealer who suspects Sonny of having cheated him.
"His prose has a taut, cinematic quality that bathes his story with the same hot, mercilessly white light that scorches Mexico."--New York Times Book Review