My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Whether you’re well versed in drug culture narratives or interested in how NAFTA impacts drug trafficking, this is a compelling read. Muehlmann’s skill for framing critical social and economical issues on a human scale made it impossible for me to put this book down. The common thread running through each life is unmistakable and moving. It’s one thing to read statistics on how trafficking impacts our economy or culture; it’s something else to reflect on the everyday lives of rural people who depend on a narcotrafficking economy for their survival. The small details woven into the story of each life illuminate harsh realities and small acts of kindness.