"Bullets, Booze and Bastards"
A Death in Mexico by Jonathan Woods
A voluptuous artists’ model is murdered, her mutilated body dumped in the central plaza of the colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. Inspector Hector Diaz’s murder investigation takes him deep into San Miguel’s gringo expat colony, the corruption of modern Mexico by greed and drugs, and the quirky byways and dead ends of love. Corporal Felicia Goya, a tough cookie, ably assists Diaz in his search for the killer. When ancient Aztec gods or their hallucinations appear to Diaz, he considers the legacy of Mexico’s bloodstained past as a blueprint for justice in the present. Recalling Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union in its mastery of metaphor, wit, moody atmosphere and sense of place, A Death in Mexico is a gritty and gripping quest for revenge and redemption.
Raves for A Death in Mexico
“Brutal as the kick of raw mescal, A Death in Mexico depicts a nightmarish drug-ridden modern Mexico, where corruption and sadism lie in wait for unwary Americans...powerful.”
“Jonathan Woods has arrived. A Death in Mexico is a great and telling ride south of the border into madness and mayhem. I loved it.”
“The knock you on yer arse book of 2012, the one you roar: ‘This rocks!’”
“Jonathan Woods writes twisted scenes that had me laughing in wonderfully inappropriate ways. And right when the action is going mach speeds, he somehow whispers a poignancy right in your ear.”
“Jonathan Woods’ A Death in Mexico is more than a police procedural, it’s a portrait of a wounded man trying to make sense of a world that increasingly makes none. Woods stands with Simenon and Derek Raymond as a master of the form.”