Death In Veracruz
Book Topics
Mexican Politics
Jim Harrison
Ariel Dorfman
PEMEX
Journalistic Noir
Literary Crime Novel
Political mystery
Doomed Affair
Latin American Fiction
Mexican Oil Trade
1970's Mexico
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Death In Veracruz

This first novel by the prominent Mexican journalist, editor, and author Héctor Aguilar Camín to be published in the English language, has been acclaimed a classic of contemporary Latin American fiction. Set in Mexico City and the oil-rich coastal regions of southern Mexico, this is a realistic and detailed noir that explores the era of crime and graft in the late 1970s when the land and its people were under siege from the government-controlled cartel PEMEX and the gangsters they hired to lord over their fiefdom. A journalist is plunged into a Mexican "Heart of Darkness," as he must confront both the corrupt government officials and the charismatic yet ruthless crime boss, Lacho Pizarro, in his search for the truth behind the murder of his best friend and husband of the woman with whom he is carrying on a torrid yet doomed affair.

Links To Reviews

Mystery Fanfare review

Speaking of Mysteries

Kirkus Reviews Interview with author Héctor Aguilar Camín

Volume 1 Brooklyn blog

The Wall Street Journal

Reading in Translation

Peace Corps Worldwide
Book Topics
Mexican Politics
Jim Harrison
Ariel Dorfman
PEMEX
Journalistic Noir
Literary Crime Novel
Political mystery
Doomed Affair
Latin American Fiction
Mexican Oil Trade
1970's Mexico

Reviews and Comments

  • "Death in Veracruz is a marvel, the book provides us with lyric density we only find in genius. I will immediately read everything he has written."
    author of Legends of the Fall, The Great Leader
  • "Death in Veracruz is not only an extraordinary thriller and love story, but also a heartbreaking critique of Mexican corruption, as relevant today, alas, as it was when it was first published..."
    author of Death and the Maiden
  • "Death in Veracruz is a Byzantine knot of friendship, betrayal, love, ambition, politics, money, oil and murder . . . recommended for fans of politics, thrillers, history and Mexico."
  • "This ambitious novel memorably brings together recent history, horrific crimes, and an ever-present sense of corruption."
  • "Mexican author Camín makes his English-language debut with this gritty and convincing...tale of murder and corruption, first published in 1985. Camín's style recalls Robert Stone...he obviously possesses an intimate knowledge of the Mexican sociopolitical landscape..."
  • "I wish 'Speaking of Mysteries' was posting [an] interview with Héctor Aguilar Camín, but I don't speak Spanish. After reading this book, though, I was sorely tempted to learn. I'm taking Spanish lessons in anticipation of Aguilar Camín's next book"
    former editor of LA Times Magazine and author of The Spirit of Beverly Hills
  • "'Death in Veracruz' , the first novel by Mexican author Héctor Aguilar Camín to be translated into English, [is]...at its heart, the noir romance of one man's unquenched passion for an old college friend's wife."
    The Wall Street Journal