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Julio encounters abuse at the hands of his coyote handlers and temporary incarceration as a result of an operation to bring the traffickers down. His subsequent adventures have him enduring life at a motel in the company of a secretive old man and a gang of wild young women – a surprising cash bonus comes his way when they depart.
Hooking up with his stateside cousin, a career as a field hand picking vegetables beckons. Crap work for crap pay and before long Julio is on his travels again. Life in New York isn’t any easier – restaurant work as a dishwasher and a temporary venture into crime, stealing expensive truffles from his employer to supplement his income. Discovered after a while, a severe beating at the hands of his boss and shady associates ensue, before employment as a driver for a rich lawyer, Lester – someone he encountered earlier in our tale.
Life at the bottom end of the food chain inevitably sees Julio crossing paths with shady grifters and ne’er do wells and our man comes across well in these encounters. Always willing to do the moral thing, though not above profiting from a bit of law-breaking himself. Violence is never too far away, though isn’t something Julio craves – a quiet life would be more to his liking.
An enjoyable saga, maybe a bit too reliant on coincidences in our plot which fortuitously allows us to come full circle – the coyotes we met at the start of the book having unfinished business with Julio towards the end. But that aside I was entertained and eager to see where Julio’s journey ended.
4 from 5
Verge Le Noir has been enjoyed previously, with Killing Crows, Shell Casings and Black Pills and Red Bullets.
Read In March, 2017
Published – 2016
Page count – 184
Source – copy received from author
Format - Kindle
Desperados is face-paced, and full of action. When describing the difficulties Julio faces, the author keeps things real and uncensored. It helped make character emotions a bit more expressive. It made them raw, more impactful. The reader gets treated to lifelike reactions.
I really liked the characterization. While they weren't necessarily completely three-dimensional, they had a certain fullness to them. The interactions were great, and it gave an excellent insight into what we perceive to be the struggle of an immigrant. Novel tone felt dark and gritty, even thought it really wasn't. There were some bad circumstances, however, Julio kept his head up throughout everything.
I have to say this one stands out a bit. Instead of embracing stereotypes, the author gets creative with them and tells a tale not often told. It was a good, solid story that didn't sugar coat much. I liked that a lot.