City Without Stars
Hundreds of murders. Multiple cover ups. One cop and one activist. Can they really bring down the narcos?
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The epic second novel from the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger-shortlisted and Shamus-nominated author of Fever City
Mexico – Ciudad Real is in crisis: the economy is in meltdown, a new war between rival cartels is erupting, and a serial killer is murdering hundreds of female workers.
Fuentes, the detective in charge of the investigation, suspects that most of his colleagues are on the payroll of his chief suspect, narco kingpin, El Santo. If he’s going to stop the killings, he has to convince fiery union activist, Pilar, to ignore all her instincts and work with him. But in a city eclipsed by murder, madness and magic, can she really afford to trust him?
Too gripping to put down.
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.
The natural successor to such hallowed crime writers as Raymond Chandler and James Ellroy.
One of the best crime novels you will read in a long, long time.
One of those books that just won’t let you go.
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