The House of Wolfe: A Border Noir



"Brilliant and uncompromising, Blake again proves why he's one of the best writers working today."--Ace Atkins

James Carlos Blake, widely acclaimed as one of our best authors of historical and contemporary crime fiction, brings us his most striking and fast-paced border noir yet with The House of Wolfe.

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 an ambitious young gangster named El Galán, who hopes that his audacious exploit will gain his small gang a partnership with a major crime cartel. He sets the wedding party's ransom at five million USD, to be paid in cash within twenty-four hours. But El Galán doesn't know that bridesmaid Jessica Juliet Wolfe comes from a family of Texas gunrunners whose blood relatives belong to a powerful but mysterious Mexican cartel. As the captives realize the full horror of their situation, the Wolfes on both sides of the border come together and begin a desperate hunt to find Jessie before the deadline expires. Gritty and exhilarating, The House of Wolfe takes readers on a furious ride from Mexico City's opulent neighborhoods to its frenetic downtown streets and feral shantytowns to a spectacularly hellish climax.

Product Details

$14.00  $12.88
Mysterious Press
Publish Date
March 08, 2016
5.4 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

James Carlos Blake is the author of twelve novels, including "The Rules of Wolfe," which was named a "Men's Journal" and "Booklist" Best Book of the year, and "Country of the Bad Wolfes." He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and is 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.


"James Carlos Blake has long been one of my favorites, but his Wolfe family saga may be his best work to date. His latest, a complex kidnapping tale, brings to mind Faulkner's storytelling in As I Lay Dying with the grittiness and realism of Cormac McCarthy's border tales. Brilliant and uncompromising, Blake again proves why he's one of the best writers working today."--Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Forsaken and the forthcoming The Redeemers

"A writer with as many fine and wonderful skills as those possessed by James Carlos Blake should be well-known and embraced. He has for a long time now been delivering novels set in the recent and less recent American past, thrilling stories of great power and insight, and with The House of Wolfe he brings all those same qualities to a novel of the harrowing present down along the border."--Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone

"James Carlos Blake is a master of the nail-biting thriller and the literary novel. The promise of his early work comes to full maturity in The House of Wolfe, a story as contemporary as a CNN sound bite and as old as human conflict itself, with a climax that howls with the triumph of the primitive."--Loren D. Estleman, author of You Know Who Killed Me

"Masterly. . . . Blake convincingly portrays modern-day Mexico City as a beautiful and surreal landscape. . . . As always, the writing is both poetic and visceral, and the mostly present-tense narrative keeps the reader engaged as the action rushes toward a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion."--Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

"Blake excels at ensemble pieces and plays to his strengths here. Like a director with a small army of camera teams at his disposal, he wheels from one location to another, racking the focus with such intensity that, at any moment, the story you're in feels like the only story there is until he cuts away again. A hard-edged, fast-moving thriller that will hold your attention hostage--good luck getting away."--Booklist (starred review)

"Without a wasted word, Blake captures the action with a poet's voice as he describes the beauty and waste of modern Mexico City. A perfect pick for those who prefer their thrillers without borders."--Arizona Daily Star

"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

"Blake delivers a thriller that hits all the right spots and hits them hard."--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"This is masterful writing from beginning to end, so good that it will set your teeth on edge in the best of ways . . . A dark and violent novel about the three things that matter most: love, family and loyalty."--Bookreporter

"The laws of nations are thinnest at the edges, and Blake's story throws a spotlight on those outliers who have chosen their own codes over any others. This fast-paced, well-plotted thriller reads like a mix of Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard."--Library Journal

"Blake . . . does a masterful job of creating place by providing telling details of sights and smells that put the reader right in the cantinas, cafes, and slums of South Texas and Mexico City . . . Make[s] the reader want to know more about these tough, likeable, risk-taking, live-by-their-own-code Wolfes. "--Reviewing the Evidence

"A fast-paced thriller that you just won't want to put down . . . Raw, unbridled suspense . . . A must-read for anyone who likes reading edgy, suspenseful fiction."--Killer Nashville