projected publication date: January 2017
Mexico: Stories is a collection of short stories that takes place in current-day Mexico. In each story, the characters, simply going about their daily lives, are somehow affected by the corruption, brutality, and danger that are created by the drug cartels.
I will be frank: I did not enjoy reading Mexico. I was not a good match for Barken's raw style or violent stories. Despite that, I must say that Barken is a fine writer. The characters were fleshed-out and seemed so real they could have been based on actual people. The plots were well crafted and compelling, drawing me back to read even while I disliked what I read. Though Mexico was not for me, I've no doubt that this collection will be a perfect fit for a great many other readers.