Mariguano: A Novel (Paperback)
The story is told through the eyes of Cortina’s son, El Johnny, who bears witness to his father’s cocaine-fueled transformation from devoted head of family to self-destructive head of a criminal organization that is rife with betrayal and deceit.
Anyone who wants to understand the tragedy of modern-day Mexico and America’s complicity in the Mexican drug wars will want to read Mariguano, a novel that recalls classic crime narratives such as Nicholas Pileggi’s Wiseguys or William S. Burroughs’s Junky but also reads like the work of the best Mexican and Latin American novelists such as Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez.
“Mariguano is the first novel in English to capture what it feels like to live on a day-to-day basis in the world of Mexican drug trafficking organizations.”
—Howard Campbell author, Drug War Zone
“Ochoa’s first novel is an important debut in American letters. The story is gripping, the characters compelling, and it gives us a fascinating glimpse into a world we only see in the headlines. Drug wars, border violence, and a coming-of-age story converge in this beautifully written first novel.”
—Daniel Chacón, author, And the Shadows Took Him and Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops