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Silver Bullets (A Lefty Mendieta Novel (1)) Hardcover – January 5, 2016

3.4 out of 5 stars 18 ratings

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Culiacán, the capital of the Mexican state of Sinaloa—where "gangsta-wraps" (slain narco soldiers swathed in blankets) are found next to the roadside almost daily—provides the deadly backdrop for Mendoza's English-language debut, a straightforward crime novel set in 2006. The authorities call in Det. Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta on a possible homicide and a suicide, but since there are connections to drugs, they instruct him to hand the cases over to Narcotics—even though killings are occurring using silver bullets. Assisted by a spunky female sidekick, Lefty carries on, haunted by memories of having been molested as a child and the return of a femme fatale from his past. This mystery won the Tusquets Prize for best Spanish-language crime novel in 2007, but American readers may find Lefty's by-the-book investigations overly familiar. In addition, the dialogue mingles with the exposition, without quotation marks, so otherwise simple passages often prove more opaque than need be. (Jan.)\n


"The literary representative of modern-day Mexico in its narco-incarnation . . . The most important thing that's happened in Mexican literature in the last thirty years."
Gaby Wood, Sunday Telegraph

"a skillfully written novel"―The Crime Scene

"If you are fed up with formulaic noir novels and looking for something fresher, Elmer Mendoza's dazzling Silver Bullets could be the answer."―John Dugdale, Sunday Times

"Presents Mexico in a darkly surrealist light: corrupt politicos, a plague of narco-crime and only battered detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta on the side of the angels."―Barry Forshaw, Independent

"Casts a wide net over modern Mexican life and an array of well-drawn characters, some powerful, some weak, some depraved . . . Mendoza's creation is nothing like standard pulp fiction."―Justin Warshaw, Times Literary Supplement

""Mendoza has transformed the corruption, chaos, and constant bloodletting of Mexico's disastrous War on Drugs into blackly comic fiction . . . The battle between the cartels is not so much Mendoza's subject matter as the medium in which the events he describes take place. The novels' very construction suggests that in this world some lives matter a lot more than others, and that some deaths are not worth investigating because it's obvious who did it . . . Murder is a part of everyday life."―London Review of Books

Product details

  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Hardcover : 240 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1681446162
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1681446165
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
  • Publisher : MacLehose Press (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.4 out of 5 stars 18 ratings
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