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Country of the bad Wolfes

by Blake, James Carlos.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Summary
A page-turning epic about the making of a borderland crime family, Country of the Bad Wolfes will appeal both to aficionados of family sagas and to fans of hard-knuckled crime novels by the likes of Donald Pollack, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy.

Basing the novel partly on his own ancestors, Blake presents the story of the Wolfe family -- spanning three generations, centering on two sets of identical twins and the women they love, and ranging from New England to the heart of Mexico before arriving at its powerful climax at the Rio Grande.

Begat by an Irish-English pirate in New Hampshire in 1828, the Wolfe family follows its manifest destiny into war-torn Mexico. There, through the connection of a mysterious American named Edward Little, their fortunes intertwine with those of Porfirio Díaz, who will rule the country for more than thirty years before his overthrow by the Revolution of 1910. In the course of those tumultuous chapters in American and Mexican history, as Díaz grows in power, the Wolfes grow rich and forge a violent history of their own, spawning a fearsome legacy that will pursue them to a climactic reckoning at the Río Grande.

A master of the historical novel, James Carlos Blake has been hailed as "a poet of the damned who writes like an angel" (Donald Newlove, Kirkus Reviews ). Library Journal says of Blake's latest novel that it is "brawling, high-spirited, and superbly realized ... this novel offers many pleasures, including endearing characters, unlikely love stories, and all manner of mayhem."

James Carlos Blake was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas and Florida. He is the author of nine other novels and a collection of short works. Among his literary honors are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southwest Book Award, and the Falcon Award.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A portrait of Mexican culture and history during the nineteenth century, this lengthy family saga clops along at a leisurely pace, tracing the rise and fall of Mexico's President Diaz and a wealthy merchant family, the Wolfes. Using his own family genealogy as a model, Blake digs nuggets of fictional family lore out of the murky past and sets them in chronological order, one vignette at a time. Irish pirate Roger Blake Wolfe escapes to the U.S. and sires twins whose reckless exploits land them in Mexico a generation later, where they build a flawed dynasty based on questionable business practices. As another set of swashbuckling, impassively cruel twins repeats the familial pattern of crime, success, and flight, the plot wends its way toward the inevitable. Readers will find themselves flipping to the family tree at the front to figure out who the characters are, though the message is clear: the sins of the fathers will be visited upon the sons throughout the generations. This is historical fiction in the manner of Umberto Eco, long on detail, short on character, many-faceted, slow, and savory.--Baker, Jen Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Blake's newest (after The Killings of Stanley Ketchel) is an immersive and complex epic set in New England, Mexico, and the American Southwest and spanning three generations of the Wolfe family, a rough-and-tumble clan sired in 1828 by pirate captain Roger Blake Wolfe, whose execution shortly after the birth of his twin boys, Samuel and John Roger, starts the book off with a violent start. The brothers' paths separate when Samuel accidentally kills a watchman and signs up for the Army under an alias to avoid prosecution, and John Roger goes to Dartmouth, from whence he graduates with a law degree. Both brothers end up in Mexico-Samuel deserts the Army and John Roger accepts a position as a sales agent at his wife's uncle's trading company-, but neither can escape the curse of the Wolfe blood, which persists across generations and geography. Murder, politics, and illegitimate children fuel this engrossing and wonderfully realized saga. The familial relationships are deep and sometimes difficult to trace (though a Wolfe genealogy at the beginning of the book helps a little), but Blake methodically moves his narrative forward to the tragic (but inevitable) conclusion. While he reveals little of his protagonists' inner lives, readers will be curious to see what tragedies befall the Wolfes and whether the family will be redeemed. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Series Wolfe Family saga
#1 - Country of the bad Wolfes
#2 - The Rules of Wolfe
#3 - The House of Wolfe
#4 - The Ways of Wolfe
#5 - The Bones of Wolfe
Subjects Families -- Fiction.
Twins -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Mexico -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher El Paso, Tex. :Cinco Puntos Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 456 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781935955030 (pbk.)
1935955039 (pbk.)
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