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The ways of Wolfe : a border noir

by Blake, James Carlos,

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - West End Fiction Collection FICTION Blake
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"James Carlos Blake has long been one of my favorites, but his Wolfe family saga may be his best work to date."--Ace Atkins, on The House of Wolfe

Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner James Carlos Blake delves back into the dark realms of the Wolfe family, a clan whose roots run deep on both sides of the United States-Mexico border, and whose prevailing interests straddle both sides of the law.

Twenty years ago, college student Axel Prince Wolfe--heir apparent to his Texas family's esteemed law firm and its "shade trade" criminal enterprises--teamed up with his best friend, Billy, and a Mexican stranger in a high-end robbery that went wrong. Abandoned by his partners, he was captured and imprisoned, his family disgraced, his wife absconded, his infant daughter Jessie left an orphan. Two decades later, with eleven years still to serve, Axel has long since exhausted his desire for revenge against the partners who deserted him. All he wants now is to see the woman his daughter has become, despite her lifelong refusal to acknowledge him. When the chance comes to escape in the company of Cacho, a young Mexican inmate with ties to a major cartel, Axel takes it, and a massive manhunt ensues, taking the pair down the Rio Grande and into a desert inferno. With his chance to see Jessie now within reach, a startling discovery re-ignites an old passion and sends Axel headlong toward reckonings many years in the making.

Racing across desolate landscapes from West Texas to the Gulf of Mexico, The Ways of Wolfe is the taut story of one man's love for a daughter he has never met and his fateful struggle with his own reckless spirit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In The House of Wolfe (2015), Blake's previous book about the Mexican American family working the shade trade on the U.S.-Mexico border, Juliet Wolfe was taken hostage during a family wedding in Mexico City. Here we learn the story of the father she's never known, Axel Wolfe, who's doing hard time in a Texas prison after an ill-conceived heist while still a college student. Nearing the end of his sentence, Axel throws in with a young con plotting escape. In and around the edges we learn Axel's history, his desperation to see his daughter, and more Wolfe family lore, but the bulk of this book deals with the prison break, from its tick-tock execution to the frantic flight that follows. Blake is a writer fans will follow anywhere. He brings the border to life with blunt precision and evokes the lionization of outlaws thatcan be found there call it a novel-length narcocorrido. This plot's shape isn't quite as perfect as usual for Blake, but it's still extremely satisfying, right up to the noir ending.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Blood loyalty, forgiveness, and the consequences of violence all figure in Blake's outstanding fourth Border Noir featuring the Wolfes, a Texas clan of gunrunners and honorable thieves (after 2015's House of Wolfe). Back in 1984, Axel Wolfe had a beautiful young wife, a baby daughter, and an assured place in his family's law firm, but an ill-fated decision to take part in a Dallas jewelry store heist forever altered his promising future. When the robbery went bad, Wolfe took a bullet and his two partners left him to take the fall. More than two decades into his prison sentence, the now middle-aged Wolfe decides he has nothing to lose when a young convict named Cacho enlists him in an escape plot orchestrated by powerful cartel relatives. Blake amps up the suspense as the two men find themselves on a wild river ride down the Rio Grande in a desperate attempt to make it across the border. Wolfe dreams of seeing his estranged daughter, Jessie, for the first time in 20 years, if he can survive long enough. Tough, muscular prose complements Blake's powerful storytelling. Agent: Nat Sobel, Sobel Weber Associates. (Sept.) © 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 Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Escapes -- Fiction.
Fugitives from justice -- Fiction.
Texas -- Prisoners and prisons -- Fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition, First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 290 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780802125774
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