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THE PLAGUE UPON US
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Bandit Roads
Richard Grant

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : Jun 04, 2009
Imprint : Abacus
Page Extent : 304
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349118345
Price : 599

About the book
There are many ways to die in the Sierra Madre, a notorious nine-hundred-mile mountain range in northern Mexico where AK-47s are fetish objects, the law is almost non-existent and power lies in the hands of brutal drug mafias. Thousands of tons of opium and marijuana are produced there every year. Richard Grant thought it would be a good idea to travel the length of the Sierra Madre and write a book about it.

He was warned before he left that he would be killed. But driven by what he calls ‘an unfortunate fascination’ for this mysterious region, Grant sets off anyway. In a remarkable piece of investigative writing, he evokes a sinister, surreal landscape of lonely mesas, canyons sometimes deeper than the Grand Canyon, hostile villages and an outlaw culture where homicide is the most common cause of death and grandmothers sell cocaine. Finally his luck runs out and he finds himself fleeing for his life, pursued by men who would murder a stranger in their territory ‘to please the trigger finger’.
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His yarn rips along to a staccato sound-track of gunfire and inventive obscenities from some of the most unrighteous examples of humanity alive' Peter Carty, INDEPENDENT
....the freshest travel book on the US in a long time and one of the best short entrees to its history and culture
[Grant] brings to light a range of darkly romantic wanderers who strayed from the American mainstream while exemplifying the American Dream
Erudite and street-smart... that rare thing: a travel writer who not only amuses and informs but also reappraises a well trodden landscape with brio and originality
     
Richard Grant
Richard Grant is an English writer who has been based in the USA for fifteen years. His first book, GHOST RIDERS, attracted enormous praise, winning the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award
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