Murder City Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields
Bowden, Charles , Julian Cardona [Photographs](illus.)
Place Published: New York
Publisher: Nation Books
Date Published: 2010
Edition: Later printing
Book Id: 21930
320pp. Octavo [24cm] Hardcover in dust jacket.
From the publisher: "Ciudad Juárez lies just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A once-thriving border city, it now resembles a failed state—in 2008 alone, 1,607 people were murdered. Charles Bowden is one of today's premier writers on social issues along the U.S.-Mexico border. His recent books include Exodus; A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior; Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family; Blues for Cannibals: Notes from Underground; Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America; Desierto: Memories of the Future; and Inferno (with Michael Berman). He lives in Tucson, Arizona. In Murder City, award-winning author Charles Bowden has written an extraordinary account of what happens when a city collapses into violence. Interweaving stories of its inhabitants—a raped beauty queen, a repentant hitman, a journalist fleeing for his life—with a broader meditation on the town's descent into anarchy, Bowden reveals how Juárez's culture of violence will not only worsen, but inevitably spread north. Heartbreaking, disturbing and unforgettable, Murder City establishes Bowden as one of our leading writers working at the height of his powers. "