Call Him Mine
By Tim MacGabhann
A gritty crime novel set in the dark heart of Mexico.
'Terrifying, riveting, realistic ... this is the wired fevered enthralling Mexico City I live in' Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle
'A must-read for those who were glued to Narcos and Sicario' Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)
Jaded reporter Andrew and his photographer boyfriend, Carlos, are sick of telling just another story: from cartel massacres to corrupt politicians, sifting the dregs of Mexico's drug war, they think they've seen it all.
But when they find a body even the police are too scared to look at, what started out as just another reportage becomes the sort of story all reporters dream of...
...until Carlos pushes for answers too fast, and winds up murdered, leaving Andrew grief-stricken and flailing for answers, justice, and revenge.
Caught in a web of dirty money that stretches from the boardrooms of the United States to the death squads of El Salvador, Andrew must decide whether to save himself - or find out who killed the man he loves, and destroyed the only home he's ever known.
TIM MACGABHANN was born in Kilkenny, Ireland, and began his writing career as a music journalist while studying English Literature and French at Trinity College, Dublin.
Since 2013, he has reported from all over Latin America for outlets including Esquire, Thomson Reuters, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post.
His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has appeared in gorse, The Stinging Fly, and Washington Square, and he holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. In 2017 he was awarded Arts Council of Ireland's Literature Bursary.
CALL HIM MINE is his first novel.
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27 Jun 2019
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This audacious and ingenious combination of hardcore reporting and genre fiction gives the clearest account and synthesis I've read anywhere of the staggering horror that has befallen contemporary Mexico. If a young journalist really were to investigate the murder in Mexico of another daring journo and justice warrior who was also his lover, this terrifying, riveting, emotionally wrenching narrative is a realistic account of how that might go. But Call Him Mine gives the reader more than that, because Macgabhann is a writer of gritty poetic genius. This is the wired fevered enthralling Mexico City I live in. This is the most beautiful writing about Mexico in an English-language novel since Malcolm Lowry's Under the Volcano. — Francisco Goldman, author of Say Her Name and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle
This gritty crime novel set in Mexico follows reporter Andrew as he investigates the murder of his own boyfriend. Brilliantly plotted, with a strong sense of the vibrant and violent setting, Call Him Mine is a must-read for those who were glued to Narcos and Sicario. — Dead Good (Debut crime novels to watch out for in 2019)