The second book in the Wolfe family series following The Rules of Wolfe
‘Passionate, bloody and yet incredibly romantic, it is a tribute to the genius of its author’ – Daily Mail
On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom’s family mansion. The perpetrator is a small-time gangster named El Galán, who wants nothing more than to make his crew part of a major cartel and hopes that this crime will be his big break.
The only captive not related to either the bride or the groom is the young Jessica Juliet Wolfe, a bridesmaid and close friend of the bride. Jessie hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessie’s abduction, they fear that the kidnappers will kill the captives after receiving the ransom and desperately try to find her before it’s too late.
Gritty and exhilarating, James Carlos Blake’s The House of Wolfe takes readers on a wild ride from Mexico City’s opulent neighborhoods to its frenetic downtown streets and feral shantytowns, as El Galán proves how dangerous it is to underestimate an ambitious criminal.
'Blake has an unerring sense of control, and - though Elmore Leonard and Cormac McCarthy are lurking in the book's DNA - a distinctive voice to boot... a pungent and exhilarating read' - Financial Times
'An absorbing look at dire poverty, depravity and the all-too-successful business of kidnapping for profit' - Kirkus Reviews
In Blake's masterly third Border Noir (after 2013's The Rules of Wolfe), a female member of the American branch of the Wolfe family (a large clan of outlaws who operate numerous legitimate businesses and deal in illegal arms on both sides of the U.S./Mexican border) finds herself in big trouble. In Mexico City, kidnappers led by El Gal n, an up-and-coming gangster intent on making a name for himself, abduct college-age Jessie Juliet Wolfe, along with an entire 10-person wedding party, and demand payment of a $5 million ransom within 24 hours. With aid from Los Jaguaros, as the Mexican Blake family's criminal network is known, Rudy Max Wolfe, a cousin of Jessie's, and Charlie Fortune, another cousin, hope to slip into Mexico undetected and rescue Jessie, but of course everything goes to hell quickly. Blake convincingly portrays modern-day Mexico City as a beautiful and surreal landscape, and he lets the wealthy elite and the desperately poor share the stage, often with violent and tragic results. As always, the writing is both poetic and visceral, and the mostly present-tense narrative keeps the reader engaged as the action rushes toward a surprising and fully satisfying conclusion.