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Borderland Noir

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 Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9929674-9-9 / E-book ASIN: B0176I2EQ6

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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.

CONTENTS

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

AFTERWORDS

Tom Russell: Where God and The Devil Wheel Like Vultures

Now (Excerpt from El Gavilan by Craig McDonald)

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