El Sicario

El Sicario : Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man

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'If Juarez is a city of God, it's because the devil is scared to come here'. A Juarez hit man (Sicario) speaks: he has killed hundreds of people, is an expert in torture and kidnapping, and for many years was a commander of the state police, receiving training from the FBI. There is a contract on his life of $250,000, and he lives as a fugitive. This is the unvarnished truth about the war on drugs - the murders, the corruption, the warring cartels, the complicity of the American and Mexican governments, by a man who has seen it and shared in the violence. Through El Sicario's words we see, for the very first time, the life of a cartel hitman in sober yet graphic detail; the distribution of power in this mindblowingly corrupt country; and, the contrition of a man who became so disturbed by his day job that he would wake from nightmares throttling his own wife. Framed by two pieces by award-winning journalist Charles Bowden that set the scene for the reader, this deeply chilling and important book shows us the Mexican drugs war as we've never seen it before.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 16mm | 251g
  • William Heinemann Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0434021458
  • 9780434021451
  • 382,938

About Molly Molloy

Molly Molloy, who translated El Sicario, is a research librarian at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is an experienced translator and specialist in Latin American Studies and edits the FRONTERA-LIST, an online chronicle of the violence in Mexico and other border issues. Award-winning journalist Charles Bowden is the critically acclaimed author of numerous books, including Down by the River, Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing and Murder City. He writes for Harper's, GQ, National Geographic and others. He lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
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'I'm going to tell you about 20 years of my life dedicated to serving the cartel.
Serving them with these hands.
Torturing people.
And killing.'

Welcome to Cuidad Juarez, Mexico, the most dangerous city on Earth. This is the killing ground of the unnamed assassin, El Sicario. He has executed hundreds, is an expert in torture, spent years working for the state police, and received training from the FBI. He now lives as a fugitive in the US, with a $250,000 price tag on his head.

In sober, grim and graphic detail, he offers a series of confessions. Along the way he explains why he first became involved with the cartels and how they operate; outlines the most effective way to torture your victim; and describes the corrosive experience of looking into someone's eyes as you strangle them to death.

El Sicario also offers the unvarnished truth about the Mexican narco war that saw 2,750 murders in Juarez in 2009 alone, and over 3,000 again last year. Prefaced by the award-winning journalist and translator who met with him face to face, this is a deeply chilling and important book, revealing the brutality of the drugs underworld as you've never seen it before.
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