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Author Grant, Richard, 1963-

Title God's middle finger : into the lawless heart of the Sierra Madre / Richard Grant.

Published New York : Free Press, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  917.210484 GRAN    AVAILABLE
Physical description 288 pages : map ; 22 cm
Contents 1. Boiled Vultures -- 2. Dead Soldiers -- 3. Bad Man in a Dress -- 4. Sleeping with Lions -- 5. Intrepid Norwegian -- 6. For Their Health -- 7. Lofty's Gold -- 8. Blasting Parakeet with The Pelican -- 9. Hat Talk -- 10. A Girl Needs a Pistol -- 11. Bandit Country -- 12. The Secret Sex Lives of Narcotraficantes -- 13. The Liver Does Not Exist -- 14. God Is Drunk -- 15. Sons of Obscene Perpetrations -- 16. The Centaur of the North -- 17. Deliverance in Durango.
Summary "Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent, climbing to nearly 11,000 feet and extending for 900 miles. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, Mormons, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, cowboys, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime. The Mexican army occasionally goes in to burn marijuana and opium crops - the modern treasure of the Sierra Madre - but otherwise the government stays away. In its stead are the drug lords, who have made it one of the biggest drug-producing areas in the world." "Fifteen years ago, journalist Richard Grant developed what he calls "an unfortunate fascination" with this lawless place, ignoring warnings that he would meet his death there. During his travels Grant was prescribed rattlesnake pills for his insomnia by a folk healer, attended bizarre religious rituals, consorted with cocaine-snorting policemen, and dug for buried treasure. On his last visit, his reckless adventure spiraled into his own personal heart of darkness when cocaine-fueled Mexican hillbillies hunted him through the woods all night, bent on killing him for sport."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Grant, Richard, 1963- -- Travel -- Mexico -- Sierra Madre Occidental.
Sierra Madre Occidental (Mexico) -- Description and travel.
ISBN 9781416534402