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Bandit Roads: Into the Lawless Heart of Mexico

Richard Grant

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Prose: non-fiction, Travel writing

A tale of high adventure in Mexico's bandit country.

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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Praise for Bandit Roads: Into the Lawless Heart of Mexico

  • This is part travel story, part adventure yarn and part history. Grant is an astute observer and a capable writer, evoking the harshness of the landscape and the ruggedness of the inhabitants Grant risked his life to bring the reader these compelling stories. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • It s a quick, breezy read that ll still have your bum-cheeks gripping the seat as you see the author go from early gung-ho adventures to a terrifying final encounter with trigger-happy, gringo-hatin hillbillies - People magazine

  • Englishman Richard Grant sets off to discover the history and culture of its inhabitants and provides insight into the historical events that gave rise to the region's lawlessness. - Sun-Herald

  • Full of interesting history, the harsh reality of drugs, rape and murder that fill modern-day life in the Sierra Madre, plus a fair share of terrifying first-person anecdotes that wouldn t be out of place in a fictional thriller, this is the sort of book that every author with a taste for danger would like to write - TNT magazine

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Richard Grant

Richard Grant has written extensively for the GUARDIAN, ESQUIRE, GQ, the OBSERVER etc.

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