La Mordida

Brash Books, LLC
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There's Death on Both Sides of the Razor's Edge 

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

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About the author

 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.

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Publisher
Brash Books, LLC
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Published on
Apr 2, 2018
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Pages
294
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ISBN
9780997832389
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
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Whether sprawled on barstools or preaching from pulpits, people need to make sense of their world, and in Jim Sanderson’s world of West Texas, pulpits and barstools are where many of them do so. Sanderson himself stood for many years at a podium, teaching at a community college in Odessa, Texas. There, tired of academic papers and sometimes losing the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, he turned to the world around him to figure out the meaning (or meanings) of education and of culture itself.

In a series of autobiographical ruminations, Sanderson develops the theme that frontier wildness is still alive, especially in West Texas, though it may be repressed by fundamentalist religion and conservative politics. West Texans, he finds, have to reconcile the two sides of their contrary natures: the farmer, best represented by the fundamental church, and the frontiersman, best represented by the sleazy bar.

Through this theme of internal conflict, Sanderson weaves his experiences of art and censorship, Texas myths in film and fiction, the interaction of Hispanic culture with the culture of West Texas, contradictions posed by academic interests in vocational teaching institutions, intellectual elitism versus the real world, and West Texas women’s definition and self-definition. Through the examples of his students, he shows how the quest for the West Texas myth—freedom, liberation, and fulfillment—is always transforming, whether for good or bad.

In the end, he recognizes that his insights may tell more about himself than about West Texas, but by trying to make meaning out of his experience, he tells us something about the way all of us learn and think about ourselves.

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