Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields

Somewhat lyrical exposition on the high crime/murder rate in Ciudad Juarez. I was first hipped to the situation via Bolaño’s 2666, which focused on the women slain in the city. Bowden blows that focus up, saying what about the men, because there were 1600 total murders in 2008, mostly guys. There is no single cause, not just drug cartel vs. cartel. Violence is woven into the daily fabric, and if you can exercise power by killing someone, you do. The book ends with an appendix of all killings from January through May 2008. Then the cataloguer got exhausted and quit. Kind of a meh book.