When Gil Castle loses his wife in the Twin Tower attacks, he retreats to his family's sprawling homestead in a remote corner of the Southwest. Consumed by grief, he has to find a way to live with his loss in this strange, forsaken part of the country, where drug lords have more power than police and violence is a constant presence. But it is also a world of vast open spaces, where Castle begins to rebuild his belief in the potential for happiness - until he starts to uncover the dark truths about his fearsome grandfather, a legacy that has been tightly shrouded in mystery in the years since the old man's death.
When Miguel Espinoza shows up at the ranch, terrified after two friends were murdered in a border-crossing drug deal gone bad, Castle agrees to take him in. Yet his act of generosity sets off a flood of violence and vengeance, a fierce reminder of the fact that, while he may be able to reinvent himself, he may never escape his history.
Searingly dramatic, bold, and timely, Crossers is Caputo's most ambitious and brilliantly realized novel yet.
©2009 Phillip Caputo; (P)2009 Tantor
"At first glance, this multifarious book skirts country familiar to readers of McCarthy or McMurtry, but Caputo's west supersedes elemental cowboys and lone justice with the malaise of post-9/11 America and the violence of the Mexican desert - as gruesome as in Iraq - frothing with moral ambiguity and fraught with complicity." (Publishers Weekly)
Caputo usually has a knack for creating interesting characters. In this attempt, though, he just doesn't have enough for them to do. There's little suspense, and the love interest is just dull.
It's the narrator that really sinks the boat, though, with a lilting rhythm that bears little relation to the substance, kind of like being read to by Captain Kirk...
The author gives an accurate unbiased look into life past and present along the US/Mexican border through a fictious story. I know people who live in border areas who have had similiar experiances. The narration is very slow, so I recommend to up the "speed button"
Crossers is a story about the border between the US and Mexico that bounces back from a historical context to the present. Interesting to see how we never escape the past, even though it may not be us in the present who makes the transgressions. The characters are vivid, at times a little too vivid.
I recommend the book but not for young ears.
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