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El sicario

Autobiografia de un asesino a sueldo

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“Todavía tengo problemas para recordar su rostro. Pero no me siento capaz de olvidar su historia”. —Charles Bowden.
 
Editado por dos de los más respetados escritores sobre el crimen y la violencia en México, El sicario es el testimonio de un asesino a sueldo que, afincado en el sangriento teatro del narcotráfico mexicano, secuestró, torturó y asesinó durante más de veinte años. Después de alejarse de tan terrible oficio y de entregarse a la religión, decidió contar su historia. El monólogo que emerge en estas páginas, estremecedor y sin precedentes, da voz a la violenta realidad que consume al país.

Esta confesión está motivada sólo por su negación a convertirse en una estadística más en el fracaso de México. En este libro, el sicario no sólo describe la tortura y el asesinato: deja al descubierto la corrupción total del Estado mexicano. En su mundo, el terror y la masacre son simples herramientas tanto para los cárteles como para la policía mexicana.

Hoy vive en Estados Unidos como fugitivo. Un cártel ofrece 250 mil dólares por su cabeza. Otro lo busca incesantemente para reclutarlo. Habla como hombre libre y por voluntad propia: no existen cargos contra él ni en Estados Unidos ni en México. Es una voz solitaria. Hay miles como él en México y habrá más en otros lugares, pero nadie con sus antecedentes ha dado hasta ahora un paso al frente para contarlo todo. Él es la verdad que nadie quiere oír, la cara escondida de la guerra contra el narcotráfico.
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“Todavía tengo problemas para recordar su rostro. Pero no me siento capaz de olvidar su historia”. —Charles Bowden.
 
Editado por dos de los más respetados escritores sobre el crimen y la violencia en México, El sicario es el testimonio de un asesino a sueldo que, afincado en el sangriento teatro del narcotráfico mexicano, secuestró, torturó y asesinó durante más de veinte años. Después de alejarse de tan terrible oficio y de entregarse a la religión, decidió contar su historia. El monólogo que emerge en estas páginas, estremecedor y sin precedentes, da voz a la violenta realidad que consume al país.

Esta confesión está motivada sólo por su negación a convertirse en una estadística más en el fracaso de México. En este libro, el sicario no sólo describe la tortura y el asesinato: deja al descubierto la corrupción total del Estado mexicano. En su mundo, el terror y la masacre son simples herramientas tanto para los cárteles como para la policía mexicana.

Hoy vive en Estados Unidos como fugitivo. Un cártel ofrece 250 mil dólares por su cabeza. Otro lo busca incesantemente para reclutarlo. Habla como hombre libre y por voluntad propia: no existen cargos contra él ni en Estados Unidos ni en México. Es una voz solitaria. Hay miles como él en México y habrá más en otros lugares, pero nadie con sus antecedentes ha dado hasta ahora un paso al frente para contarlo todo. Él es la verdad que nadie quiere oír, la cara escondida de la guerra contra el narcotráfico.
Product Details
Paperback (192 pages)
Published: October 2, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780307951441
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