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by Philip Caputo

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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

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Crossers 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Phillip Caputo insists that you read the book on his terms. It's long, and not a quick read. Yet if you will indulge him, there is indeed a reward. Crossers is a great tale of human interests and history. In this case, the border with Mexico and its long history of smuggling, crossing, and corruption. An Arizona ranch on the borderline is the focus of the story, featuring not only the current residents but their ancestors, the history of whom is essential to the story. Not only is the book educational, it carries human drama starting with the 9-11 tragedy and continues to drug smuggling and corruption in Mexico leading to narco-terrorism. What Caputo does is bring the story alive, making you care about the main characters, Castle in particular, but also those whose lives are tragically caught up in the drama between Mexico and its northern neighbor.
BerkeleyBob More than 1 year ago
Lemme see, B&N ate my prior review. Phillip Caputo has written a first rate novel that covers generations, drug running, revenge and has a great sense of place, the Sonora Desert which straddles the present Arizona/Mexico border. The book reminds me of Don Winslow's very violent (with some accurate history) novel about the drug wars, Power of the Dog. Caputo also wrestles with issues, does not deal in snap judgments and portrays but does not truly comprehend the why of evil and vengeance. So maybe a comparison to No Country for Old Men is appropriate. Also comparable is Leslie Marmo's criminally underrated Almanac of the Dead. This is a great read. Mr. Caputo seems to be more of a success with the critics than with readers--this book is very good and I hope finds success.
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hastings More than 1 year ago
but, I thought the plot was predicatable as well as the romance. It seemed like a set up. The prose lingered at times, but for the most part was well done. The characters hold the piece together. I believe Gil's interaction with Tessa was nice, but we could see that coming from a mile away. I liked the back and forth with the family history, even though I got confused at times with who was who. Blaine reminds me of my brother! The family dynamics are realistic. With today's immigration situation this novel is a little late, but worth the read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story. Preachy in spots. Tries to cover past and present history of the south west, drug trade, illegal immigrant issue plus romance, revenge, war in Iraq and myyriad human emotions. Need I say sometimes, sometimes overreaches. Enjoyable all the same. On audio, I found the narration poor. Disjointed phrases and too flat voice took away from the enjoyment of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Book, good author