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The Devil Takes You Home

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From an award-winning author comes a genre-defying thriller about a father desperate to salvage what's left of his family—even if it means a descent into violence.

Buried in debt due to his young daughter’s illness, his marriage at the brink, Mario reluctantly takes a job as a hitman, surprising himself with his proclivity for violence. After tragedy destroys the life he knew, Mario agrees to one final job: hijack a cartel’s cash shipment before it reaches Mexico. Along with an old friend and a cartel-insider named Juanca, Mario sets off on the near-suicidal mission, which will leave him with either a cool $200,000 or a bullet in the skull. But the path to reward or ruin is never as straight as it seems. As the three complicated men travel through the endless landscape of Texas, across the border and back, their hidden motivations are laid bare alongside nightmarish encounters that defy explanation. One thing is certain: even if Mario makes it out alive, he won’t return the same.

The Devil Takes You Home is a panoramic odyssey for fans of S.A. Cosby’s southern noir, Blacktop Wasteland, by way of the boundary-defying storytelling of Stephen Graham Jones and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"The Devil Takes You Home is an almighty powder keg of a novel that explodes across the page, filling the reader with shock, awe, terror and pity. A hypnotic marriage between jet-black narco noir and magic realism, it's a high-octane road trip you'll never forget." - Tim Baker

"Some of the finest, most terrifying and heartbreaking writing you will read this year. The Devil Takes You Home is not to be missed." - S A Cosby

"The Devil Takes You Home is a wild ride through grief, faith, loss and monstrosity. Gabino Iglesias's sharp prose and visceral, haunting vision have birthed a riveting novel no reader will soon forget. Fresh and genuinely scary." - Tananarive Due

"The line between noir and horror not only gets blurred in Iglesias's The Devil Takes You Home; it gets obliterated. His barrio noir is a new kind of fiction, profoundly moving, despairing and scary all at once." - Brian Evenson

"Brutal, bloody and brilliant. This book will thrill and terrify in equal measures and it'll break your heart. An unforgettable ride." - Lisa Gray

"A brutal and brilliant novel. Brace yourself for the ride-this is his best work yet." - Jennifer Hillier

"A dark and disturbing tunnel into another world, Iglesias deftly walks the line between beautiful and haunting. A tense and unapologetic story, I devoured this in a weekend, my eyes widening with every unflinching word." - Sam Holland

"Utterly compelling, absolutely brutal, terrifying and heartbreaking - but these words barely sum it up." - Susi Holliday

"Some nightmares you wake from just leave you in an even worse nightmare. And then Gabino Iglesias holds his hand out from that darkness, takes you home." - Stephen Graham Jones

"The Devil Takes You Home is carried by a voice and rhythm, shaving sharp and wholly indelible. Iglesias never fails to keep a masterful foot on the pedal, feathering off the gas at times only to inevitably press it to the floor and pin us to our seats." - David Joy

"Full of violent truths, The Devil Takes You Home is one of the best books I have read in a long time. An incredible, unforgettable read." - Alma Katsu

"Here there be bloodshed, oh yes, sudden lyrical frenzies peppers over the main course of calamity. Every time you think the book got quiet, it screams again." - Josh Malerman

"Brilliantly written, Iglesias has created a riveting character that leaps off the page and will stay with you long after you close the book." - Victor Methos

"Sears itself into your mind-a book that cannot be unread." - Dominic Nolan

"With a noir voice reminiscent of Jim Thompson, this book charges into rage and despair, sparing no one, least of all the reader. Strap yourself in." - Chris Offutt

"Pure noir, overflowing with the rage and sorrow of our times, The Devil Takes You Home is brutal, hallucinatory, and somehow, beautiful. This novel confirms what some of us already knew: Gabino Iglesias is a fierce, vital voice." - Paul Tremblay

"A page-turner with attitude...don't miss it." - David Heska Wanbli Weiden

"A ragged-edged bloody bullet-hole of a book." - Chuck Wendig

"Though a young writer, Gabino Iglesias writes with the authority of a writer who's been down this road many times before. Iglesias' prose is smooth where smooth is called for and rough or a bit mean when smooth won't work." - Daniel Woodrell

"An excellent crime novel driven by righteous grief, fierce narration, and raw violence. Iglesias takes us on a vivid exploration of pain and rage, along the Southwest border where the horrors of reality and the supernatural intertwine." - John Woods

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