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Call Him Mine

Tim MacGabhann

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

A visceral, acid-soaked trip through Mexico's many underworlds: a debut novel by a crime writer of poetic genius.

'Terrifying, riveting, realistic ... this is the wired fevered enthralling Mexico City I live in' Francisco Goldman, author of SAY HER NAME
'A must-read for those who were glued to Narcos and Sicario' Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)


Jaded reporter Andrew and his photographer boyfriend, Carlos, are sick of sifting the dregs of Mexico's drug war: from cartel massacres to corrupt politicians, they think they've seen it all.

But when they find a body even the police are too scared to look at, what started out as just another reportage becomes the sort of story all reporters dream of...

...until Carlos pushes for answers too fast, and winds up murdered, leaving Andrew grief-stricken and flailing for answers, justice, and revenge.

Caught in a web of dirty money that stretches from the boardrooms of the United States to the death squads of El Salvador, Andrew must decide whether to save himself - or find out who killed the man he loves, and destroyed the only home he's ever known.

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Praise for Call Him Mine

  • Feverish, lyrical and gripping from beginning to end. - Independent (30 best books for summer 2019)

  • Intoxicating and chilling. - Observer

  • Pacy and exciting... The novel is written ... lyrically, with an offbeat humour, which helps defamiliarise a situation to which Western readers have become inured, and communicate its horrors afresh. - Daily Telegraph

  • Strong stuff... MacGabhann's blend of violent action and vivid, even lyrical description is laced with dark humour and is very readable. - Guardian

  • A memorable book that has arrived out of the blue, and is all the more welcome for it. - Crime Time (Highly Recommended)

  • A superb rollercoaster of a read from an incredible new talent. - Irish Examiner

  • Call Him Mine soars in two regards. First MacGabhann paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of Mexico, in all its seething, sweltering madness and beauty... The second is the quality of MacGabhann's prose. Phrases like 'bruised poetry' sound glib I know, but it's about the best way I can think of describing Call Him Mine... It will be interesting to see where MacGabhann's career goes next. For now, Call Him Mine is a fine start. - Irish Independent

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Tim MacGabhann

TIM MACGABHANN was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, and began his writing career as a music journalist while studying English Literature and French at Trinity College, Dublin. Since 2013, he has reported from all over Latin America for outlets including Esquire, Thomson Reuters, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post. His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has appeared in Gorse, The Stinging Fly, and Washington Square, and he holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.
He lives in Mexico City.

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