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The House of Wolfe : a border noir

by Blake, James Carlos,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
Available (4)
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Fiction Stacks FICTION Blake
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction BLAKE James
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Penn Hills Library Fiction BLA
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Adult Fiction Fic Blake
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Summary
On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom's family mansion. The perpetrator is a small-time gangster named El Galán, who wants nothing more than to make his crew part of a major cartel and hopes that this crime will be his big break. He sets the wedding party's ransom at five million US dollars, to be paid in cash within 24 hours.

The only captive not related to either the bride or the groom is the young Jessica Juliet Wolfe, a bridesmaid and close friend of the bride. Jessie hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessie's abduction, they fear that the kidnappers will kill the captives after receiving the ransom--unless they rescue Jessie first.

Gritty and exhilarating, The House of Wolfe takes readers on a wild ride from Mexico City's opulent neighborhoods to its frenetic downtown streets and feral shantytowns, as El Galán proves how dangerous it is to underestimate an ambitious criminal, and Jessie's blood kin desperately try to find her before it's too late.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Following his terrific The Rules of Wolfe (2013), Blake offers another tale about the sprawling family of outlaws with interests on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border. Juliet Wolfe, from the Texas side, is attending the Mexico City wedding of a wealthy college friend when she and nine members of the wedding party are kidnapped by a ruthlessly efficient gang. Doubting the kidnappers will release the hostages even after the ransom has been paid, the American family dispatches fixers Rudy and Frank to attempt a rescue. It's a long shot: despite the considerable resources of their Mexican cousins, they have almost nothing to go on, and the hold houses could be anywhere in the sprawling chaos of the capital. Worse, they have only hours to find Juliet. Meanwhile, Juliet isn't waiting for anybody and is determined to escape. Blake excels at ensemble pieces and plays to his strengths here. Like a director with a small army of camera teams at his disposal, he wheels from one location to another, racking the focus with such intensity that, at any moment, the story you're in feels like the only story there is until he cuts away again. A hard-edged, fast-moving thriller that will hold your attention hostage good luck getting away.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "An ambitious criminal named Galan has organized the meticulous kidnapping of a wedding party from a Mexico City mansion, seeking a $5 million ransom within 24 hours, in the latest addition to Blake's Wolfe Family saga. Jessie Wolfe is one of the bridesmaids, and her family members don't trust Galan to free his captives unharmed. Rarely does a thriller maintain such a relentlessly suspenseful atmosphere, and it's a mark of reader DeSantos's talent that he sets a pace that keeps up the tension without exhausting either the listener or himself. As the novel shifts from an impersonal observation of the crime and its aftermath to the very personal narration of Rudy Wolfe, the family's main fixer, DeSantos dutifully switches from hard-edged rendition to a hard-boiled focus on finding the kidnappers and rescuing Jessie. Retribution will come, Rudy tells us. But maybe not. In any case, DeSantos gives voice to an assortment of characters-male and female, Mexican and American-whom he effectively and effortlessly switches between as they become engaged in a chillingly exciting, violent confrontation between Wolfes and Galan's warriors. A Grove/Atlantic/Mysterious hardcover. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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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 Weddings -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Mexico City (Mexico) -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 248 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0802122469
9780802122469
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