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Javier Valdez Cárdenas
Miss Narco

(Miss Narco)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Divulgation / Narcos & Co.

  • Published: 01/11/2009
  • ISBN: 9786071103017
  • 272 pages

Lovers, friends and relatives: these are women with a burning, painful truth, who seek glamour and beauty, economic power and an escape from their reality. Women who live on the cusp of legality, violence and death; women who once dreamt of becoming beauty queens and have sunk into the delusions of crime. Miss Narco gathers moving and terrible accounts that reveal the consequences of finding yourself face to face with the world of drug trafficking, either by your own choice or by some unfortunate, unpredictable twist of fate that sometimes reaps devastating toll.

About the author

MEXICO – Javier Valdez Cárdenas (Culiacán, 1967) is a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Río doce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His chronicles have been published in ProcesoGatopardo and Emeequis. He was the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.


Other books: De azoteas y olvidosMala yerbaMiss Narco –finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, España–, Los morros del narcoLevantones and Con una granada en la boca.


Awards: International Award for Freedom of the Press (USA), María Moors Cabot Prize (USA), PEN Club Award for editorial excellence (UK).