Dolph Martinez leads a U.S. Border Patrol task force battling crime and corruption in the empty desert borderlands of Texas and Mexico where la mordida, the payoff, is a way of life. He's a walking embodiment of the violent, cross-cultural clash, his soul torn between the two cultures that make him a very special lawman in an unforgiving place. But now he's become an unwitting pawn in a dark conspiracy that could end with his corpse among the sunbaked bones of the border dead...
The powerful sequel to EL CAMINO DEL RIO
"This tale boasts an unusual protagonist, sharp plotting, and a large cast of full-bodied characters. An engaging mystery served with plenty of sociological seasoning." Booklist
"Sanderson covers that lost and lovely West Texas border country with grace and elegance. This book also contains a delightful cast of characters, finely drawn and fully developed, worked into an intricate plot that reflects the mores and conflicts of this multicultural country...a wonderful read." James Crumley
"Consistently readable and entertaining. Sanderson is a gifted prose stylist and his descriptions are vivid and evocative." Dallas Morning News
Jim Sanderson is the award-winning author of seven novels, including the widely praised El Camino Del Rio and La Mordida, both featuring US Border Patrol Officer Dolph Martinez. Sanderson is such a versatile author that he has been characterized as a “working class, Texas writer,” a “rural Southwestern literary writer,” and a “literary mystery writer.” We think “a great writer” pretty much sums him up.
"Sanderson is especially good at contrasting the clarity and austere natural beauty of the Chihuahuan desert with the murky, Orson Welles aura that envelopes human society there." Dallas Morning News