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Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel Hardcover – September 13, 2016
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"The truth is stranger than fiction and sometimes it's much more harrowing. Wolf Boys is one of those times. Dan Slater has put together a riveting story that takes us on an unforgettable descent into the dark heart of the drug trade."—Michael Connelly
“A hell of a story… undeniably gripping.”—The New York Times Book Review
"Wolf Boys is a rare book that reads like a thriller without aiming to be one. What Dan Slater does intend for it to be—and what he powerfully succeeds in creating—is an intimate, horrifying journey through a war we know is close and intractable, a war we willfully ignore with the faith that a river and a wall keeps its brutality at bay. With courageous detail and unforgettable characters, Slater will bring you not only to refute such faith, but to feel for the marginalized Americans on both sides of the conflict.”—Jeff Hobbs, author of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace
“Wolf Boys should be required reading, especially for anyone who supports the blood-chilling, appalling trade in illegal drugs.”—Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
“Wolf Boys reads like a fictional thriller reminiscent of Brian De Palma’s Scarface, but depicts actual events. If anyone needs proof that we’re losing the war against drug cartels, here it is. Shocking. Eye-opening. A portrait of the evil that stalks our streets.”—David Morrell, author of Murder as a Fine Art
"An extraordinary true story that reads like a thriller. Dan Slater’s incredible research illuminates the terrifying descent of two American boys who could be any of our sons. Wolf Boys is not just a page-turner, but a riveting cautionary tale sure to spark national debate about parenting, the war on drugs, and the tenuous future of the American Dream."—Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl
“This is not a political treatise filled with statistics and rhetoric. It’s the story of two boys, born into a world of poverty and survivalism, who choose the wrong path to enrichment—an American story, written with tremendous energy and insight. Read this book."—T.J. English, author of Havana Nocturne
“An extraordinary journey through a criminal underworld, Dan Slater’s Wolf Boys shows the reality of the drug war that few law enforcement agents, let alone journalists and politicians, ever glimpse or understand.”—Bryan Burrough, co-author of Barbarians at the Gate and author of Days of Rage
"Wolf Boys is a wake-up call. A powerful narrative of crime and punishment based on astoundingly deep reporting about a topic we think we know. Dan Slater brings the realities of cartel violence and our War on Drugs to vivid and unsettling new light. It's a riveting piece of writing that unforgettably puts the reader in its characters' shoes.”—Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove
“A grisly yet compelling tale of impoverished Mexican-American youth molded into assassins… Slater adeptly develops a sprawling narrative regarding the "spillover" of cartel violence… In a milieu of well-developed characters on both sides of the law, Slater focuses on two strong personalities…Slater covers this difficult social landscape with an empathetic eye and careful prose, vividly rendering a border region of "extreme poverty and garish wealth…elaborate courtesy and low-barbarian violence." Engrossing and readable yet nightmarish vision of a hyperviolent and corporatized narcotics industry, seducing a new generation with minimal alternatives.”—Kirkus
About the Author
A former reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Dan Slater has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New York magazine, The Atlantic, GQ, and Fast Company. He is the author of Love in the Time of Algorithms. A graduate of Colgate University and Brooklyn Law School, he lives in New England.
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