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Call Him Mine

Call Him Mine

‘TOUGH AND UNCOMPROMISING: YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU READ IT Lee Child
FEVERISH, LYRICAL AND GRIPPING FROM BEGINNING TO END’ Independent
HILARIOUS, GRIPPING, POETIC. I LOVED ITAdrian McKinty, author of The Chain
‘INTOXICATING AND CHILLING’ Observer

NOBODY ASKED US TO LOOK. EVERY DAY, EVER SINCE, I STILL WISH WE HADN’T.
Jaded reporter Andrew and his photographer boyfriend, Carlos, are sick of sifting the dregs of Mexico’s drug war: from cartel massacres to corrupt politicians, 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 assignment 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.
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 11th July 2019

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9781474610445

Reviews

Strong stuff... MacGabhann's blend of violent action and vivid, even lyrical description is laced with dark humour and is very readable.
Guardian
Intoxicating and chilling.
Observer
A terrific, tightly-paced thriller that utterly transports its reader. With beautifully poetic visual description, the tale takes us from the saturated palettes and neon diffusions of Mexico City to the filthily polluted, crime-ravaged regions in the eastern part of the country - land rich with oil and horror... The sense of place, too, is utterly electric: with considered, efficient strikes, the story's sounds, smells, weather and colour diffuse across the narrative... Call Him Mine has been likened to 'Breaking Bad' and 'Narcos', and the narrative, with its fast-moving combinations of crucial quests, visceral violence and dark humour, is certainly gripping. But central to the trajectory of the plot is Andrew's uncovering of a scoop; though the subject may differ, the text's progress, in this respect, bears some similarity to the 2015 film Spotlight. Like Spotlight, it is cleverly composed of truths to be uncovered by the protagonist, and truths withheld by him - alluded to, and then gradually revealed in later stages. And like that film, MacGabhann's novel simultaneously informs and celebrates the diligence involved in gathering and disseminating that information: facts those in the highest echelons of power would rather stay deeply buried.
Totally Dublin
This impressive read from the Irish writer is a gay love story set against the backdrop of gangland Mexico. Indeed, it does have everything, including murder, mayhem, and espionage as journalist Andrew tries to find out how his boyfriend Carlos met his demise.
The Herald
A tough and uncompromising debut - you'll be glad you read it.
Lee Child
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)
Arresting: it spins a tale of murder and murky deeds, but really excels in how it seems to capture something essential at the heart of his adopted country... Call Him Mine soars in two regards. First MacGabhann paints an extraordinarily vivid picture of Mexico, in all its seething, sweltering madness and beauty. The last time I read a book which placed the reader so firmly and intensely into the heart of a place, it was the 'Fate' and 'Santa Teresa' sections of Roberto Bolano's great 2666: also set in Mexico and, perhaps not coincidentally, also written by an outsider. The second is the quality of MacGabhann's prose. Phrases like 'bruised poetry' sound glib I know, but it's about the best way I can think of describing Call Him Mine... It will be interesting to see where MacGabhann's career goes next. For now, Call Him Mine is a fine start.
Irish Independent
One thing novelists can do more effectively than journalists, perhaps, is to remind us that every killing in Mexico ought to seem as shocking an aberration as a murder in the St Mary Mead vicarage. This is one of the achievements of this debut novel by Tim MacGabhann, an Irish journalist and Mexico resident... Although this is a country in which "every lamppost on every street wears a peeled lagging of 'Missing' posters'", the novel is not an epic catalogue of depravity in the manner of Don Winslow's Cartel trilogy; instead, it uses just two murders as a focal point for Mexico's grief and rage... Pacy and exciting... The novel is written ... lyrically, with an offbeat humour, which helps defamiliarise a situation to which Western readers have become inured, and communicate its horrors afresh.
Daily Telegraph
Intense, inventive and gritty.
Attitude
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
Compelling and bold.
Irish Times
Imagine Narcos crossed with Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas crossed with Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye and you'll begin to have an idea of Tim MacGabhann's brilliant debut. A visceral, acid-soaked trip through Mexico's many underworlds, and a heartfelt testament to lost friendship, Call Him Mine pulls you in by the eyeballs, steals your wallet, tramples on your heartstrings, and somehow leaves you feeling uplifted and alive.
Paul Murray, author of SKIPPY DIES and THE MARK AND THE VOID
Both a harrowing thriller set in the horrific wilderness of the Mexican drug wars and a moving, gay love story, this striking debut by a new Irish author hits many buttons and deserves to be singled out for acclaim... Both a shimmering tale of feelings and the acute sense of loss, and a journey into the hell of grief and the actuality of Mexico's drug shame, this is a memorable book that has arrived out of the blue, and is all the more welcome for it.
Crime Time (Highly Recommended)
A superb, realistic rollercoaster of a read from an incredible new talent.
Irish Examiner
A hilarious, gripping, poetic off-the-wall crime story set in a delirious Mexican underworld that William Burroughs, Sam Peckinpah & Hunter Thompson would have recognised. I loved it.
Adrian McKinty, author of THE CHAIN
Feverish, lyrical and gripping from beginning to end the Irish writer's crime novel is both a searing indictment of corruption and murder in Mexico and a darkly moving gay love story as reporter Andrew finds himself out of his depth and out of control as he investigates his lover Carlos's death.
Independent (30 best books for summer 2019)