Friday, October 7 at 7pm
speaking & signing
Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
What makes two seemingly average American teenagers turn into deadly assassins for a violent drug cartel? Through interviews with family, friends, and the detective who tracked the boys along the Texas border, Dan Slater explores the lives of the two teenage cartel members and the saga surrounding their eventual arrest. Join us tonight as we host author Dan Slater for a discussion of Wolf Boys: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel
ABOUT WOLF BOYS
In 2009, journalist Dan Slater was fascinated and horrified by an article in The New York Times. It was a story about Gabriel Cardona and Rosalio ‘Bart’ Reta, two American teenagers from Laredo, Texas, who worked as hit men for Los Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel. This wasn’t the usual tale of a billionaire cartel leader; it was about two young foot soldiers who could pass unnoticed through American malls. Who were they? What was it like to be a young employee rising up the ranks of a global drug-trafficking organization?
WOLF BOYS: Two American Teenagers and Mexico's Most Dangerous Drug Cartel (Simon & Schuster; September 13, 2016; ISBN: 9781501126543) is Slater’s answer. The book orbits the cat-and-mouse game between Gabriel Cardona and Detective Robert Garcia: an American fifteen-year-old who goes from star quarterback to star cartel assassin, and the Mexican-born Laredo detective hunting him. Garcia’s dramatic pursuit of the boys plunges him into one of the deadliest wars in modern history.
For years Slater traveled back and forth to Laredo, interviewing the boys’ families, friends, and girlfriends; victims and rivals; comrades and colleagues. He exchanged over 800 pages of letters with Gabriel and interviewed the boys in prison. He spoke with government informants, agents, and detectives. He drew on boxes of interrogations, wiretaps, trial testimony, and confidential reports on cartel operations.
The result is a centerpiece of Simon & Schuster’s fall list: a masterwork of narrative nonfiction as propulsive as a thriller, and a modern story of American survival that takes readers into the heart of the Mexican drug trade, from the smuggling ports of Veracruz to cartel training camps, holiday parties, and the dusty alleys of South Texas.
ABOUT DAN SLATER
A lawyer-turned-writer, Dan Slater is a former legal affairs reporter for The Wall Street Journal and has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, New York magazine, The Atlantic, GQ, and Fast Company. He is the author of Wolf Boys and Love in the Time of Algorithms. A graduate of Colgate University and Brooklyn Law School, he lives in New England.
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