When Gil Castle loses his wife, he retreats to his family’s sprawling homestead out west, a forsaken part of the country where drug lords have more power than police. Here Castle begins to rebuild his life, even as he uncovers some dark truths about his fearsome grandfather. When a Mexican illegal shows up at the ranch, terrified after a border-crossing drug deal gone bad, Castle agrees to take him in. Yet his act of generosity sets off a flood of violence and vengeance, a fierce reminder that we never truly escape our history. Spanning three generations of an Arizona family, Crossers is a blistering novel about the brutality and beauty of life on the border.
When Gil Castles wife is killed on September 11, he leaves his Wall Street job and moves to his cousins ranch in the San Rafael Valley to grieve in peace. But the solace and solitude he sought are rapidly shattered by his proximity to the border, where drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and brutal deaths are routine. Gil learns that the land has a long history of violence, one that stretches as far back as the 19th century and his own grandfather. Paul Boehmer is faced with a daunting task, given the novels complicated plot, multiple characters, and Spanish dialogueeach one alone would prove difficult for a readerbut he prevails, keeps the story on track, and hits each beat with the right emphasis and tone. "A Knopf hardcover (Reviews, June 15). " .