Crossers by Philip Caputo
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When Gil Castle loses his wife, he retreats to his family’s sprawling homestead out west, a forsaken part of the country where drug lords have more power than police. Here Castle begins to rebuild his life, even as he uncovers some dark truths about his fearsome grandfather. When a Mexican illegal shows up at the ranch, terrified after a border-crossing drug deal gone bad, Castle agrees to take him in. Yet his act of generosity sets off a flood of violence and vengeance, a fierce reminder that we never truly escape our history. Spanning three generations of an Arizona family, Crossers is a blistering novel about the brutality and beauty of life on the border.




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About Philip Caputo

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Philip Caputo worked nine years for the Chicago Tribune and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his reporting on election fraud in Chicago. The author of numerous works of fiction, a second volume of memoir, and several books for young people, he divides his time between Connecticut and Arizona.
 
Published January 1, 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf. 466 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Complicating bicultural, binational life are bad guys of many stripes, dealing drugs, smuggling in undocumented workers, trading in human misery and, in the end, wrapping the once-quiet but never innocent San Rafael Valley in fresh bloodshed.

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$26.95 But the real protagonist of the book, Blaine’s cousin Gil Castle, is a New Yorker who goes “hunting on the veldts of the capital markets.” Once his wife is killed in the Sept.

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“I had a talk with Blaine this morning, and maybe you should, too,” one volunteer border guard tells a ranch visitor after Blaine fires warning shots dangerously close to some crossers.

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When Gil Castles wife is killed on September 11, he leaves his Wall Street job and moves to his cousins ranch in the San Rafael Valley to grieve in peace.

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The Washington Post

Movies and novels rarely deepen our understanding of our southern border, settling instead for drug-running thrillers or thin, slice-of-life sagas.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Castle is caught in the cross fire - sometimes literally - between people who run drugs and people who run people, between law enforcement and lawbreakers, and between cultures separated only by a boundary made visible by the barbed-wire fences that deter cattle from crossing, but not human beings.

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Tampa Bay Times

Every character in Philip Caputo's new novel, Crossers, is a crosser in one way or another.

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by Philip Caputo, Knopf, 2009, 448 pp.

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