The latest installment in T. Jefferson Parker's Charlie Hood series, Iron River. (Thumbnail photo by OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images).
Forget the NAFTA-friendly flow of tomatoes and televisions, the U.S.-Mexico border's most lucrative trade is the black market for drugs, cash, and guns. T. Jefferson's Parker's newest Charlie Hood novel is a work of fiction, but the gun-smuggling route he traces, known as the Iron River, is anything but. Larry talks with the crime writer about the boundary between fiction and journalism in "Iron River."
T. Jefferson Parker, author of Iron River and New York Times bestseller Laguna Heat