City Without Stars
An epic second novel from the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger-shortlisted and Shamus-nominated author.
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‘One of those books that just won’t let you go … An exhilarating and kaleidoscopic novel that will also break your heart.’ STAV SHEREZ author of A Dark Redemption and The Intrusions
‘Beautifully plotted, with excellent characterisation and a highly developed social conscience, City Without Stars is an intelligent thriller that moves at a breath-taking pace.’ NICHOLAS SEARLE, author of The Good Liar
The only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth…
In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.
Meanwhile, despairing union activist, Pilar, decides to take social justice into her own hands. But if she wants to stop the killings, she’s going to have to ignore all her instincts and accept the help of Fuentes. When the name of Mexico’s saintly orphan rescuer, Padre Márcio, keeps resurfacing, Pilar and Fuentes begin to realise how deep the cover-up goes.
Beautifully plotted, with excellent characterisation and a highly developed social conscience, City Without Stars is an intelligent thriller that moves at a breath-taking pace.
One of those books that just won't let you go – not when you're reading it and not for a long time afterwards. An exhilarating and kaleidoscopic novel that will also break your heart. Assured, trenchant and gripping, Baker has assumed his place among those crime writers you must read.
If I had been a Man Booker judge, I would have argued for the merits of Tim Baker's City Without Stars, an unflinchingly grim but unputdownable novel set in Mexico, in which the activities of a prolific serial killer go practically unnoticed in a country in which homicide is quotidian.
‘An unflinching portrayal of Mexico as a country brought to the brink of destruction by the narcos… But however harrowing it gets, the novel is too gripping to put down and is lightened by flashes of hope and bursts of humour.’
‘Worth the near two-year hiatus. Tim Baker has woven together another intricately plotted, multiple narrative tale… a fascinating, immersive page-turning read. For those interested in reading crime fiction based in the border territory between the US and Mexico, City Without Stars will sit alongside powerful novels like The Power of Dog by Don Winslow and The Dead Women of Juarez by Sam Hawken.’
‘A powerful second novel… With all the moral uncertainties of an Ellroy or a Winslow.’
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