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    DescriptionIn this unprecedented and chilling monologue, a repentant Mexican hitman tells the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs on the American. El Sicario is the hidden face of America's war on drugs. He is a contract killer who functioned as a commandante in the Chihuahuan State police, who was trained in the US by the FBI, and who for twenty years kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the drug industry at the behest of Mexican drug cartels. He is a hit man who came off the killing fields alive. He left the business and turned to Christ. And then he decided to tell the story of his life and work. Charles Bowden first encountered El Sicario while reporting for the book "Murder City". As trust between the two men developed, Bowden bore witness to the Sicario's unfolding confession, and decided to tell his story. The well-spoken man that emerges from the pages of El Sicario is one who has been groomed by poverty and driven by a refusal to be one more statistic in the failure of Mexico. He is not boastful, he claims no major standing in organized crime. But he can explain in detail not only torture and murder, but how power is distributed and used in the arrangement between the public Mexican state and law enforcement on the ground - where terror and slaughter are simply tools in implementing policy for both the police and the cartels. And he is not an outlaw or a rebel. He is the state. When he headed the state police anti-kidnapping squad in Juarez, he was also running a kidnapping ring in Juarez. When he was killing people for money in Juarez, he was sharpening his marksmanship at the Federal Police range. Now he lives in the United States as a fugitive. One cartel has a quarter million dollar contract on his head. Another cartel is trying to recruit him. He speaks as a free man and of his own free will - there are no charges against him. He is a lonely voice - no one with his background has ever come forward and talked. He is the future - there are thousands of men like him in Mexico and there will be more in other places. He is the truth no one wants to hear.


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    Title
    El Sicario
    Subtitle
    The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Molly Molloy, Edited by Charles Bowden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 208 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781568586588
    ISBN 10: 1568586582
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG, BGA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KLCM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 84
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC subject category V2: JPZ
    DC22: 364.1523092
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEXICN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS025000
    B&T Approval Code: C39204000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 45
    BISAC V2.8: BIO024000
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: C39204500
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    BIC subject category V2: JKVG
    B&T Approval Code: A15603050
    BIC subject category V2: 1KLCM
    DC22: 364.152/4092
    BISAC V2.8: TRU003000
    LC classification: HV6535.M42 M496 2011
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: DNC, NHK, DNBA, JKVG, JPZ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KLCM
    Edition statement
    Original
    Illustrations note
    b/w drawings
    Publisher
    Avalon Publishing Group
    Imprint name
    Nation Books
    Publication date
    25 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Charles Bowden was a contributing editor for GQ and Mother Jones; he also wrote for Harper's, the New York Times Book Review, and Esquire.