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Desert Blood

(2005)
The Juarez Murders
A novel by

 
 
It's the summer of 1998 and for five years over a hundred mangled and desecrated bodies have been found dumped on the Chihuahua desert outside of Juarez, Mexico, just across the river from El Paso, Texas. The perpetrators of the ever-rising number of violent deaths target poor young women, terrifying inhabitants of both sides of the border.

El Paso native Ivon Villa has returned to her hometown to adopt the baby of Cecilia, a pregnant maquiladora worker in Juarez. When Cecilia turns up strangled and disemboweled in the desert, Ivon is thrown into the churning chaos of abuse and murder. Even as the rapes and killings of "girls from the south" continue - their tragic stories written in desert blood - a conspiracy covers up the crimes that implicate everyone from the Maquiladora Association to the Border Patrol.

When Ivon's younger sister gets kidnapped in Juarez, Ivon knows that it's up to her to find her sister, whatever it takes. Despite the sharp warnings she gets from family, friends, and nervous officials, Ivon's investigation moves her deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of silence.

From acclaimed poet and prose-writer Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders is a gripping thriller that ponders the effects of patriarchy, gender identity, border culture, transnationalism, and globalization on an international crisis.

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Hardback Editions

March 2005 : USA Hardback
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Title: Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
Author(s): Alicia Gaspar de Alba
ISBN: 1-55885-446-0 / 978-1-55885-446-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arte Publico Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

August 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
Author(s): Alicia Gaspar De Alba
ISBN: 1-55885-508-4 / 978-1-55885-508-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arte Publico Pr
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

July 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Desert Blood: The Juarez Murders
Author(s): Alicia Gaspar de Alba
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA