Country of the Bad Wolfes

Country of the Bad Wolfes

by James Carlos Blake


View All Available Formats & Editions
Usually ships within 6 days


A page-turning epic about the making of a borderland crime family, Country of the Bad Wolfes will appeal both to aficionados of family sagas and to fans of hard-knuckled crime novels by the likes of Donald Pollack, Elmore Leonard, James Lee Burke and James Ellroy.

Basing the novel partly on his own ancestors, Blake presents the story of the Wolfe family — spanning three generations, centering on two sets of identical twins and the women they love, and ranging from New England to the heart of Mexico before arriving at its powerful climax at the Rio Grande.

Begat by an Irish-English pirate in New Hampshire in 1828, the Wolfe family follows its manifest destiny into war-torn Mexico. There, through the connection of a mysterious American named Edward Little, their fortunes intertwine with those of Porfirio Díaz, who will rule the country for more than thirty years before his overthrow by the Revolution of 1910. In the course of those tumultuous chapters in American and Mexican history, as Díaz grows in power, the Wolfes grow rich and forge a violent history of their own, spawning a fearsome legacy that will pursue them to a climactic reckoning at the Río Grande.

A master of the historical novel, James Carlos Blake has been hailed as “a poet of the damned who writes like an angel” (Donald Newlove, Kirkus Reviews ). Library Journal says of Blake's latest novel that it is "brawling, high-spirited, and superbly realized ... this novel offers many pleasures, including endearing characters, unlikely love stories, and all manner of mayhem."

James Carlos Blake was born in Mexico and grew up in Texas and Florida. He is the author of nine other novels and a collection of short works. Among his literary honors are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Southwest Book Award, and the Falcon Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935955030
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
Publication date: 01/31/2012
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 307,574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Carlos Blake was born in Tampico, Mexico, and grew up in Brownsville, Texas, and Florida. He is the author of nine novels and a collection of short stories. His novel In Rogue Blood won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction in 1997. Entertainment Weekly calls Blake “one of the greatest chroniclers of the mythical American outlaw life.”

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Country of the Bad Wolfes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
choop More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by him but I saw the cover of this book and thought why not.....I'm very glad I did. I had finished it before I knew what happened .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly epic novel encompassing three generations and nearly a century, a fascinating historical background, and a gallery of memorable characters, including several of the most engaging women I've ever encountered in fiction. Do yourself a great favor and read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago