Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9929674-9-9 / E-book ASIN: B0176I2EQ6
Stories & Essays of Love & Death Across the Rio Grande
Edited by Craig McDonald
Welcome to La Frontera: You’re headed way out west this time, intrepid reader, far past where you’ve dared go before.
Your troubled guides along these dusty, bloody stretches of The Devil’s Highway, are much-awarded crime novelists, journalists, and border-dwelling troubadours. They serve up stories and essays about lives threatened chasing the elusive, often deadly, dream of more money and better futures beckoning north and south of the border.
Emiliano Zapata declared, “It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” In that spirit, these bards of the borderland are swinging for the barbed-wire fences: all swagger and dark visions, hell-bent on sweeping you along with them across the Rio Grande to a broken Promised Land.
Like treacherous Coyotes, they may gut-shoot you or break your heart in the crossing, but however it goes down, know these hombres are determined to make you feel it.
FOREWORD by Craig McDonald
Then (Excerpt from El Gavilan by Craig McDonald)
PART I: NORTH OF THE BORDER
Mike MacLean: Coyote’s Ballad
Ken Bruen: To Have and To Hold
Garnett Elliott: Trailer de Fuego
John Stickney: Reading the Footnotes
Stephen D. Rogers: Tumbled
Craig McDonald: Broken Promised Land
PART II: BORDERLAND (FILM) NOIR
Dave Zeltserman: Touch of Evil
PART III: THE CENTAUR OF THE NORTH
Jim Cornelius: Pancho Villa—Fourth Horseman of the Mexican Apocalypse
PART IV: SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Manuel Ramos: No Hablo Inglés
Bradley Mason Hamlin: Work of Wolves
Martín Solares: B.Traven (excerpted from The Black Minutes)
James Sallis: Ferryman
Sam Hawken: Corrida de Toros
Tom Russell: Where God and The Devil Wheel Like Vultures
Now (Excerpt from El Gavilan by Craig McDonald)