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The Untameable

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9780857058195

Price: £20

ON SALE: 1st April 2021

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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Goodfellas meets White Fang. By the BAFTA-winning screenwriter of Amores Perros.

“An epic tale” Sunday Times Crime Club

A fast-moving, intriguing and virile novel” Irish Examiner

“Of all the wolves you will see in your life, one alone will be your master.”

Yukon, Canada’s far north. A young man tracks a wolf through the wilderness.
The one his grandfather warned him about.

In Mexico City, Juan Guillermo has pledged vengeance.
For his murdered brother, Carlos.
For his parents, sentenced to death by their grief.

But in 1960s Mexico justice is sold to the highest bidder,
and the Catholic fanatics who killed Carlos are allied to Zunita,
a corrupt and influential police commander.

If he is to quench his thirst for revenge
Juan Guillermo will have to answer his inner call of the wild
and discover what links his destiny to a hunter on the other side of America.

A gripping coming of age thriller of vengeance and destiny set between Mexico City’s murderous 1960s underworld and the bleak tundras of Canada’s most remote province.

Translated from the Spanish by Frank Wynne and Jessie Mendez Sayer


One of the most powerful, intense and original contemporary authors writing in Spanish.
Sublime Arriaga. The Untameable consecrates its author as the best contemporary Mexican writer and as an indisputable figure among the writers in the world.
Gabri Ródenas, Zenda.
An absolutely unique author. A pounding novel.
Guadalupe Nettel
The Untameable is one of the best books I have read.
Santiago Gamboa
The Untameable is showing us once again the mastery of Arriaga as a weaver of parallel stories that converge in the end. It's his personal imprint.
Álvaro Soto, El Correo
An exuberant celebration of the wildness in both man and nature, this is simultaneously cinematic, literary and compelling, dragging the reader along into a world of corruption and beauty like no other. A genuine event book.
Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time
Epic . . . A magnificent beast of a book.
Weekend Sport
An epic tale . . . The screenwriter of such awe-inspiring films as Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel is a genius at making connections between far-flung people and events.
Sunday Times Crime Club
A fast-moving, intriguing and virile novel. Jack London would recognise a call from the wild.
Josephine Fenton, Irish Examiner.