A visceral, acid-soaked trip through Mexico's many underworlds: a debut novel by a crime writer of poetic genius.
'TOUGH AND UNCOMPROMISING: YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU READ IT' Lee Child
'FEVERISH, LYRICAL AND GRIPPING FROM BEGINNING TO END' Independent
'HILARIOUS, GRIPPING, POETIC. I LOVED IT' Adrian McKinty, author of THE CHAIN
'INTOXICATING AND CHILLING' Observer
NOBODY ASKED US TO LOOK. EVERY DAY, EVER SINCE, I STILL WISH WE HADN'T.
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 assignment 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.
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)
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
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 critically-acclaimed debut novel Call Him Mine was a Daily Telegraph 'Thriller of the Year' in 2019.
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.