The Name of the Dog: A Lefty Mendieta Investigation (Book 3)
By Élmer Mendoza
A third outing for Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta seems him team up with the head of the Pacific Cartel and confront a killer delivering death to every dentist in the region
Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta can't believe his luck. An old flame has returned to Mexico with a son he knew nothing about - it seems that a happy family life is finally beckoning for our careworn hero. The only snag is that Jason Mendieta wants to follow in his father's footsteps . . .
Meanwhile, the war that is raging between Mexico's drug cartels takes on a renewed fury. The lover of Samantha Valdés, the head of the Pacific Cartel, is murdered in her hotel bedroom, and Valdés' unquenchable thirst for revenge unleashes a wave of killings across the country.
Lefty is preoccupied with another pressing matter - some lunatic has taken to bumping off dentists with a heavy calibre pistol - but a personal connection with Valdés sees him drawn into her investigation. The truth behind her lover's murder will underline that old adage: revenge is a dish best served cold.
Élmer Mendoza was born in Culiacán, México in 1949. He is a professor and author, widely regarded as the founder of 'narco-lit', which explores drug trafficking and corruption in Latin America. He won the José Fuentes Mares National Literary Prize for Janis Joplin's Lover, and the Tusquets Prize for Silver Bullets.
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08 Feb 2018
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Presents Mexico in a darkly surrealist light: corrupt politicos, a plague of narco-crime and only battered detective Edgar "Lefty" Mendieta on the side of the angels. — Barry Forshaw, Independent.
One of the biggest names in Mexican literature . . . A true novelist . . . No one has captured the exciting and passionate nature of the Mexican vernacular like him. — Arturo Pérez-Reverte.
The literary representative of modern-day Mexico in its narco-incarnation . . . The most important thing that's happened in Mexican literature in the last thirty years. — Gaby Wood, Sunday Telegraph.
A vivid glimpse into an ultraviolent world of macho posturing, unorthodox policing and ruthless criminality. — Laura Wilson, Guardian.
If you are fed up with formulaic noir novels and looking for something fresher, Élmer Mendoza . . . could be the answer. — John Dugdale, Sunday Times.
Essential reading. — Jake Kerridge, Sunday Express.