There are many ways to die in the Sierra Madre, a notorious nine-hundred-mile mountain range in northern Mexico where AK-47s are fetish objects, the law is almost non-existent and power lies in the hands of brutal drug mafias. Thousands of tons of opium and marijuana are produced there every year. Richard Grant thought it would be a good idea to travel the length of the Sierra Madre and write a book about it. He was warned before he left that he would be killed. But driven by what he calls 'an unfortunate fascination' for this mysterious region, Grant sets off anyway. In a remarkable piece of investigative writing, he evokes a sinister, surreal landscape of lonely mesas, canyons sometimes deeper than the Grand Canyon, hostile villages and an outlaw culture where homicide is the most common cause of death and grandmothers sell cocaine. Finally his luck runs out and he finds himself fleeing for his life, pursued by men who would murder a stranger in their territory 'to please the trigger finger'.
Erudite & street-smart... that rare thing: a travel writer who not only amuses & informs but also reappraises a well trodden landscape with brio & originality MAIL ON SUNDAY
Richard Grant, Jahrgang 1965, wurde in Malaysia geboren und wuchs in Kuwait und London auf. Mit Anfang zwanzig begann er nach einem Abschluss am University College in London als Wachmann, Anstreicher und Disc Jockey zu arbeiten. Heute schreibt er als Journalist für namhafte Magazine wie das "Telegraph Magazine", "Esquire", "Reader s Digest" und "Details". Sein erstes Buch "Ghost Riders. Reisen mit amerikanischen Nomaden" wurde mit dem Thomas Cook Travel Book Award ausgezeichnet. Grant lebt in Tucson, Arizona.