Patt Morrison for September 12, 2011

El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin

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El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin, edited by Charles Bowden.

With powerful drug cartels, a corrupt administrative structure, and 15, 273 murders officially reported in 2010, it is safe to say that Mexico is a dangerous place, but the chilling truth about the complicity between the country’s government and its narco-traffickers has only been rumored….until now.

Meet “El Sicario”—the hitman—and voice of Molly Molloy and Charles Bowden’s award-winning book, El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin. The man of these pages tells a remarkable story—of a youth spend in poverty, seduction by the cartels, placement by traffickers into the Chihuahua State Police, training by the FBI in Tucson, AZ, and years of gruesome torture, murder and cover-ups to keep the drug business booming. But eventually, El Sicario found God, and decided to leave his dark lifestyle far behind by living in self-imposed exile. Join Patt for a view of the unvarnished truth about the power of the illegal drug industry and the agents who ensure that it thrives.

Guests:

Charles Bowden, journalist and co-author of El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin; Bowden is a former writer for the Tucson Citizen, a contributing editor of GQ and Mother Jones magazine

Molly Molloy, Latin American specialist at the New Mexico State University Library and co-author of El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin


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