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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 – 2017). From 1998, he was a correspondent for the national newspaper La Jornada, a founding reporter of the news weekly Ríodoce and a contributor to the blog Nuestra Aparente Rendición (NAR). His reports have been published in ProcesoGatopardo, Emeequis and Horizontal. In October 2011, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) awarded him the International Press Freedom Award in New York for his “brave coverage of drug trafficking and putting names and faces to its victims”. In 2011, with the team at Ríodoce, they received the María Moors Cabot Prize from the prestigious Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University, New York. In 2013, the team also won The PEN Club prize for Editorial Excellence. In 2014, Quién magazine named him as one of the 50 most influential people in Mexico. This was also the year he won the National Prize for Journalism. He was also the journalistic consultant for the television series Señorita Pólvora, for Sony Television.

He is the author of the books De azoteas y olvidos (Culiacán), Malayerba (Jus Ediciones) & Miss Narco (a finalist for the 2010 Rodolfo Walsh Prize awarded at the Semana Negra in Gijón, Spain), The Narco Kids, Levantones, With a Grenade in Your Mouth, Narcotrafficking’s Orphans and Narcojournalism, all published with Aguilar.