IN THE THRALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING: The Secret History of El Chapo, the World’s Most Notorious Narco
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Part 1 of the “In Search of El Chapo” trilogy, as excerpted in the New York Post
A journey past cartel checkpoints up to El Chapo’s remote hometown hideout in the Sierra Madre to interview Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s family and separate man from myth. The surprising telenovela details of his childhood are laid bare in this exploration of exactly how this third-grade dropout, Mexico’s most controversial narco-trafficker, rappelled his way from the rock pile that is La Tuna, Sinaloa, onto Forbes magazine's big-time billionaire list, governing a $12.7-billion empire even as he was on the lam, living in simple pine shacks with plastic folding chairs where the phone service went down if it was raining.
Also, surprising revelations about the Pentecostal faith his family (and he) credit with keeping him alive all these years and helping him escape jail and the authorities numerous times, the gift his mother and sisters (and even himself, supposedly) have of speaking in tongues. Including many never seen pictures of Chapo's haunts in Badiraguato Municipality’s La Tuna, the surprising seat of empire, and also rare material from his Brooklyn court trial, where he was convicted on all ten counts of his indictment and is now serving a life sentence in Colorado's Supermax prison. How Chapo lived and how he loved, the deal with his many wives and the very many children, and many other new stories and details of his life straight from the courthouse.
The El Chapo Guide to LIVING LA VIDA NARCO
Lifestyles of the rich and narco in Culiacán, the essentially closed city almost every notorious narco called home and—according to the senior DEA agent on the scene at the 2014 arrest of Sinaloa cartel-boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán—“the lion’s den and stronghold of the most powerful cartel in the world.” Original, at-the-scene reporting and photographs, including wild and weird Tarantino-ish tales of life in the high-flying Sinaloa cartel as recounted by its top tier of management, Chapo’s own senior staff.
THE TRIAL OF EL CHAPO GUZMÁN
The high times and even higher maintenance of an alleged $14-billion empire.
From: Woman Descending a Staircase
FINALIST, 2017-18 WOODWARD NEWMAN DRAMA AWARD
Monologue: Sylvia kills time as she awaits the return of her children and her estranged, faithless fellow-poet husband Ted Hughes from a nearby zoo.