Gifford, Barry.

ISBN 10: 0151002495 / ISBN 13: 9780151002498
Published by New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1998.) dj, 1998
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A racketeer from Sinaloa Texas becomes enamoured of a prostitute from a brothel in La Paz and gets her to come live with him. A novel which explores the dark side by a master of noir. SIGNED on the title page. 231 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 56957

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Publisher: New York: Harcourt Brace & Company, (1998.) dj

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Few writers have explored the margins of our world with the insight and understanding of Barry Gifford, and his newest novel takes him to the border and beyond, with a cast of characters who come straight out of the darkest corners of the imagination. Ava Varazo, a beautiful woman from a small village in Mexico, works in a brothel in the border town of La Paz, Arizona. When one of her customers, DelRay Mudo, a motorcycle mechanic from Guadelupe, falls in love with her, Ava seizes the chance to change her life. Indio Desacato, a rich racketeer from Sinaloa, Texas, is enamored of Ava and has asked her to be the queen of his own house. Desacato, Ava tells DelRay, brags that he never keeps less than half a million dollars, in cash, at his mansion. DelRay, whose own future holds no great promise outside of Ava, agrees to go to Sinaloa with her. They kill Desacato together, but Ava abandons DelRay-as she had planned all along- and disappears with the loot. DelRay tracks her down to her home in Mexico, but Ava is no longer the woman she was in La Paz, and DelRay finds himself unexpectedly caught between a campesino revolution and a pair of assassins. Expertly shifting between the tender and the terrifying, Barry Gifford has written a book that leaves both our nerves, and our minds, on an electrifying edge.


Employing a strange and bountiful cast of characters, The Sinaloa Story bobs and weaves as if challenging the reader to follow a spectacular, if often incoherent, narrative. This is no small task, considering the action rolls at a page-turning clip and reads like a noir film treatment in which characters are ushered in and out of the plot with the speed and finality of a high-caliber slug. The story line, such as it is, revolves around DelRay Mudo, a dim-witted mechanic who falls hard for Ava Varazo, a stunning and scheming prostitute who easily beguiles him into helping her rob her pimp of $500,000, part of which belongs to Mr. Nice, a notorious mob boss. When Ava quickly dumps DelRay (and locks him in the trunk of his car) then splits with the cash, this development comes as no surprise. When she heads to Mexico to join a guerilla band known as the Countless Raindrops, however, an unforeseen and intriguing twist begins. This twist abruptly unravels into a bizarre tangle of events which are connected to previous episodes by only the thinnest of threads. The result is a darkly exhilarating and scattershot ride in which kidnapping, murder, amnesia, and prophetic dreams abound, as do colorful personalities with memorable names such as Cobra Box, Ruby Ponds Cure, Thankful Priest, and Cairo Fly.

To say the book is nonlinear is putting it mildly; the only thing some of these vignettes have in common is that they happen to be contained within the same book. But Gifford has a knack for creating electrifying, grainy snapshots of subterranean life, pulling defining moments into vivid focus while leaving the background mired in shadow and mystery. The characters are not deep, but they are rich, and even those who appear for only a paragraph or two are memorable, adding much to the setting, if not the plot.

As might be expected of one who has written screenplays for (Wild at Heart) and with (Lost Highway) David Lynch, Barry Gifford paints hypnotic dreamscapes in which the atmosphere is the driving force behind the narrative. Those searching for a seamless, let alone believable, story will be left shaking their heads, but those willing to suspend reality and embrace even the most outlandish coincidences and tattered loose ends will enjoy the staccato dialogue, gritty detail, and oddly appealing cast in this eerie joy ride along the dark fringes of America. --Shawn Carkonen

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