Don Winslow’s new novel The Cartel may be to Mexican drug lords of today what “The Godfather” Bookmonger The Cartelwas to the Mafia in the 1960s and 1970s–a great story full of compelling characters, as well as a good way to learn about the motives and methods of a super-violent criminal organization.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Winslow describes why he wanted to write about Mexican drug trafficking, how he researched his topic, and why he dedicated his book to murdered journalists. He also critiques the American war on drugs (spoiler alert: he’s not a fan).

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  1. Profile photo of I Walton Member

    The Colombians produced two great soaps about the Cartels, one about Cali “El Cartel de Los Sapos” which was very good and The Escobar series. I think they are both in English or with subtitles. The Colombians showed them empty soulless and self destructive. No romanticizing like the Godfather and similar films. Some wildly funny slapstick humor thrown in occasionally in the Sapos, to show that at heart they were inept clowns.

    The more we learn and think about this problem the better. The drug war is a monstrous failure, but we tolerate it because the costs fall on foreigners and on the inner city.

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    • June 23, 2015 at 7:26 am
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  2. Profile photo of Blackford Oakes Member

    Thanks for this interview. Winslow is one of my favorite writers and I can’t wait to read this one.

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    • June 23, 2015 at 8:29 am
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