Synopses & Reviews
On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the grooms family mansion. The perpetrator is a small-time gangster named El Galán, who wants nothing more than to make his crew part of a major cartel and hopes that this crime will be his big break. He sets the wedding partys ransom at five million US dollars, to be paid in cash within 24 hours.
The only captive not related to either the bride or the groom is the young Jessica Juliet Wolfe, a bridesmaid and close friend of the bride. Jessie hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessies abduction, they fear that the kidnappers will kill the captives after receiving the ransomunless they rescue Jessie first.
Gritty and exhilarating, The House of Wolfe takes readers on a wild ride from Mexico Citys opulent neighborhoods to its frenetic downtown streets and feral shantytowns, as El Galán proves how dangerous it is to underestimate an ambitious criminal, and Jessie's blood kin desperately try to find her before its too late.
James Carlos Blake has long been one of my favorites, but his Wolfe family saga may be his best work to date. His latest, a complex kidnapping tale, brings to mind Faulkners storytelling in As I Lay Dying
with the grittiness and realism of Cormac McCarthys border tales. Brilliant and uncompromising, Blake again proves why hes one of the best writers working today.”Ace Atkins, New York Times
bestselling author of The Forsaken
and the forthcoming The Redeemers
A writer with as many fine and wonderful skills as those possessed by James Carlos Blake should be well-known and embraced. He has for a long time now been delivering novels set in the recent and less recent American past, thrilling stories of great power and insight, and with The House of Wolfe he brings all those same qualities to a novel of the harrowing present down along the border.”Daniel Woodrell, author of Winters Bone
James Carlos Blake is a master of the nail-biting thriller and the literary novel. The promise of his early work comes to full maturity in The House of Wolfe, a story as contemporary as a CNN soundbyte and as old as human conflict itself, with a climax that howls with the triumph of the primitive.”Loren D. Estleman, author of You Know Who Killed Me
Masterly. . . . Blake convincingly portrays modern-day Mexico City as a beautiful and surreal landscape. . . . As always, the writing is both poetic and visceral, and the mostly present-tense narrative keeps the reader engaged as the action rushes toward a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion.”Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)
Blake excels at ensemble pieces and plays to his strengths here. Like a director with a small army of camera teams at his disposal, he wheels from one location to another, racking the focus with such intensity that, at any moment, the story youre in feels like the only story there is until he cuts away again. A hard-edged, fast-moving thriller that will hold your attention hostagegood luck getting away.”Booklist (starred review)
Without a wasted word, Blake captures the action with a poets voice as he describes the beauty and waste of modern Mexico City. A perfect pick for those who prefer their thrillers without borders.”Arizona Daily Star
Blake delivers a thriller that hits all the right spots and hits them hard.”—Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
This is masterful writing from beginning to end, so good that it will set your teeth on edge in the best of ways . . . A dark and violent novel about the three things that matter most: love, family and loyalty.”Bookreporter
The laws of nations are thinnest at the edges, and Blakes story throws a spotlight on those outliers who have chosen their own codes over any others. This fast-paced, well-plotted thriller reads like a mix of Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard.”Library Journal
Blake . . . does a masterful job of creating place by providing telling details of sights and smells that put the reader right in the cantinas, cafes, and slums of South Texas and Mexico City . . . Make[s] the reader want to know more about these tough, likeable, risk-taking, live-by-their-own-code Wolfes. ”Reviewing the Evidence
"A fast-paced thriller that you just wont want to put down . . . Raw, unbridled suspense . . . A must-read for anyone who likes reading edgy, suspenseful fiction.”Killer Nashville
About the Author
James Carlos Blake
is the author of twelve novels and numerous short stories. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and a recipient of the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize. He lives in Arizona.