Date: November 3, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
The book El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin, co-edited by librarian Molly Molloy and journalist Charles Bowden, was recently published by Nation Books.
The book is based on interviews with a hit man who kidnapped, tortured and murdered people for the Mexican drug industry for twenty years. He tells his story as a cautionary tale to others who might choose “la vida loca.” Now a fugitive, El Sicario does not ask society to forgive him, but feels that he must do what he can do earn God’s forgiveness.
Bowden first encountered El Sicario while writing his book Murder City (Nation Books, 2010). As trust between the men developed, Bowden bore witness to El Sicario’s unfolding confession in an article in Harper’s Magazine, followed by an award-winning film, El Sicario Room 164 by Gianfranco Rosi, that premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
Molloy was instrumental in turning the interview transcripts into the book El Sicario, with assistance from Bowden. As NMSU’s Latin American and Border Studies Librarian, Molloy is known nationally and internationally for her work with the onlineFrontera List at http://groups.google.com/group/frontera-list/topics. The list is used widely by congressional staff and U.S. and Mexican human rights groups. In the absence of an official count, she has taken on the task of keeping and reporting statistics obtained from newspaper reports on the daily and cumulative count of the murders in Mexico’s deadliest city, Ciudad Juárez.
El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin is available at the NMSU Library, Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. For more information, contact Molloy at (575) 646-6931.