The Rules of Wolfe

The Wolfe Family

Book 2
Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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A riveting crime thriller and an epic revenge tale ripped straight from the pages of today’s headlines.
 
Eddie Gato Wolfe is a young, impetuous member of the Wolfe family of Texas gun-runners that goes back generations. Increasingly unfulfilled by his minor role in family operations and eager to set out on his own, Eddie crosses the border to work security for a major Mexican drug cartel led by the ruthless La Navaja.
 
Eddie falls for a mysterious woman named Miranda, whom he learns too late is the property of an intimate member of La Navaja’s organization. When their romance is discovered, Eddie and Miranda are forced to run for their lives, fleeing into the deadly Sonora Desert in hope of crossing the border to safety. But La Navaja’s reach is far and his lust for revenge insatiable. If La Navaja’s men don’t kill Eddie and Miranda, the brutal desert just may. Their only hope: help from the family that Eddie abandoned.
 
A “tough, honed-to-the-bone thriller” (Dallas Morning News) and an inside look at the blood-drenched Mexican drug trade, The Rules of Wolfe is “one hell of a ride” (Booklist, starred review), shortlisted for the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger Award and a Men’s Journal Best Book of the Year.
 
“Brilliant . . . Blake’s masterful action-driven narrative and his revealing look at the ultraviolent Mexican drug trade rival the best of Don Winslow and Kem Nunn.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
“Blake’s customary zest for life and death makes his latest modern historical thriller violent, sexy and exciting.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“This sand-blasted odyssey is quick, bloody and beautiful with prose as eloquent and unexpected as a cactus flower.” —Madison County Herald
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About the author

James Carlos Blake is the author of twelve novels. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and a recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for In the Rogue Blood. He was born in Mexico, raised in Texas, and now lives in Arizona.
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Publisher
Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
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Published on
Jul 2, 2013
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780802193292
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Thrillers / General
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A masterful, hard-hitting, fast-moving thriller about love, family, and loyalty set around the borderlands of Texas and Mexico.
 
On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom’s 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 party’s ransom at five million US dollars, to be paid in cash within twenty-four 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 also hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessie’s abduction, the family decides to take swift action.
 
Gritty and exhilarating, “This fast-paced, well-plotted thriller reads like a mix of Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard” (Library Journal). From “one of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life” (Entertainment Weekly), The House of Wolfe “keeps the reader engaged as the action rushes toward a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
“A hard-edged, fast-moving thriller that will hold your attention hostage—good luck getting away.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
“Blake has an unerring sense of control, and—though Elmore Leonard and Cormac McCarthy are lurking in the book’s DNA—a distinctive voice . . . The House of Wolfe is a pungent and exhilarating read. ” —Financial Times
 
A masterful, hard-hitting, fast-moving thriller about love, family, and loyalty set around the borderlands of Texas and Mexico.
 
On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom’s 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 party’s ransom at five million US dollars, to be paid in cash within twenty-four 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 also hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessie’s abduction, the family decides to take swift action.
 
Gritty and exhilarating, “This fast-paced, well-plotted thriller reads like a mix of Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard” (Library Journal). From “one of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life” (Entertainment Weekly), The House of Wolfe “keeps the reader engaged as the action rushes toward a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
 
“A hard-edged, fast-moving thriller that will hold your attention hostage—good luck getting away.” —Booklist (starred review)
 
“Blake has an unerring sense of control, and—though Elmore Leonard and Cormac McCarthy are lurking in the book’s DNA—a distinctive voice . . . The House of Wolfe is a pungent and exhilarating read. ” —Financial Times
 
A page-turning epic about the making of a borderland crime family, Country of the Bad Wolfes will appeal both to aficionados of family sagas and to fans of hard-knuckled crime novels by the likes of Donald Pollack, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy.

Basing the novel partly on his own ancestors, Blake presents the story of the Wolfe family — spanning three generations, centering on two sets of identical twins and the women they love, and ranging from New England to the heart of Mexico before arriving at its powerful climax at the Rio Grande.

Begat by an Irish-English pirate in New Hampshire in 1828, the Wolfe family follows its manifest destiny into war-torn Mexico. There, through the connection of a mysterious American named Edward Little, their fortunes intertwine with those of Porfirio Díaz, who will rule the country for more than thirty years before his overthrow by the Revolution of 1910. In the course of those tumultuous chapters in American and Mexican history, as Díaz grows in power, the Wolfes grow rich and forge a violent history of their own, spawning a fearsome legacy that will pursue them to a climactic reckoning at the Río Grande.

A master of the historical novel, James Carlos Blake has been hailed as “a poet of the damned who writes like an angel” (Donald Newlove, Kirkus Reviews). Library Journal says of Blake's latest novel that it is "brawling, high-spirited, and superbly realized ... this novel offers many pleasures, including endearing characters, unlikely love stories, and all manner of mayhem."

James Carlos Blake was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas and Florida. He is the author of nine other novels and a collection of short works. Among his literary honors are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southwest Book Award, and the Falcon Award.
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