SILVER BULLETS

Élmer Mendoza

Translated from the Spanish by Mark Fried

Paperback - B-format - £8.99 - 01/12/2016 - 9781782064909

For Detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta, tormented by past heartbreak and dismayed by all-pervasive corruption, the murder of lawyer Bruno Canizales represents just another day at the office in Culiacán, Mexico's capital of narco-crime.

There is no shortage of suspects in a city where it's hard to tell the gangsters from the politicians. Canizales was the son of a former government minister and the lover of a drug lord's daughter, and he nurtured a penchant for cross-dressing and edgy sex. But why did the assassin use a silver bullet? And why, six days later, did he apparently strike again?

Mendieta's hunt for the killer takes him from mansions to low-life bars, from gumshoe reporters to glamourous transsexuals. Unearthing the truth can be as dangerous as any drug.

 

One of the biggest names in Mexican literature . . . A true novelist . . . No one has captured the exciting and passionate nature of the Mexican vernacular like him
— ARTURO PEREZ-REVERTE
If you are fed up with formulaic noir novels and looking for something fresher, Elmer Mendoza’s dazzling Silver Bullets could be the answer
— JOHN DUGDALE, Sunday Times
Presents Mexico in a darkly surrealist light: corrupt politicos, a plague of narco-crime and only battered detective Edgar “Lefty” Mendieta on the side of the angels
— BARRY FORSHAW, Independent
Casts a wide net over modern Mexican life and an array of well-drawn characters, some powerful, some weak, some depraved . . . Mendoza’s creation is nothing like standard pulp fiction
— JUSTIN WARSHAW, Times Literary Supplement
Elise Williams