Fabrica del Crimen (Murder Factory)…the new book by Sandra Rodriguez Nieto

The new book *LA FABRICA DEL CRIMEN [CRIME FACTORY]* , by award-winning El  Diario reporter Sandra Rodriguez was presented on Friday night at the UACJ bookstore in Juarez. Published by Planeta, the book looks at the
forerunners of the current hyper-violence in the city with details on
murders, gang life and riots in Juarez prisons, government malfeasance,
corruption at all levels of law enforcement, and most importantly, the
crisis of impunity. The murderers portrayed in the book state clearly that
they never thought their crimes would be punished. Rodriguez is an
investigative journalist and it is her research into the justice system in
Juarez and Chihuahua that provides practically the only evidence of the
actual and almost complete lack of prosecution or punishment of more than
95% of homicides and other crimes in the city. Many of the events in her
book pre-date the explosion of extreme violence in 2008 and the detailed
reporting in the book is essential to even beginning to understand what is
happening in the city and why it is now one of the the most violent places
on the world.  This is a VERY IMPORTANT book.

This Love is Not for Cowards–Reviewed in The Economist….

OK—I admit to gladly promoting the works of FRONTERA-LISTEROS who write
books and make movies… Robert Andrew Powell’s book about the Indios
soccer team is just out and it is getting very-well-deserved attention… I
will note though, that these reviewers criticize every book for not doing
everything… It is a bit of a stretch that a writer who is telling us the
story of the soccer team in the most violent city in the world must also
solve or elucidate the myriad social, criminal, economic, historic problems
of Mexico that contribute to the human rights catastrophe that is Juarez…

“The complexity of Juárez’s problems means that the anecdotal style of the
book sometimes feels thin. In one excellent chapter Mr Powell makes a
convincing case that the infamous murders of women in Juárez have been
exaggerated by an excitable media. But elsewhere he repeats popular
theories (about the alleged corruption of politicians, or the supposed
failure of Mexico’s free-trade deal with America) without really probing
them. Near the end he mentions that the Indios themselves might be a giant
money-laundering operation. This important claim deserves more than the few
pages’ attention it receives, 21 chapters into the book.”

I’d recommend two other books that tell wonderful, human and personal
stories in the midst of cataclysmic world events–Powell’s book reminds me
of these excellent books chronicling human triumph in the midst of
disaster… READ THEM ALL and start with THIS LOVE IS NOT FOR COWARDS.

The 900 Days: The Siege of Leningrad

Fools Rush In: A True Story of Love, War and Redemption

The Economist- Football and Murder in Mexico