El Camino Del Rio

El Camino Del Rio by Jim Sanderson

First Winner of the Frank Waters Southwest Writing Award

Circling buzzards lead U.S. Border Patrol agent Dolph Martinez to the corpse of a man executed in the desert…a murder that shatters the fragile calm in a dusty, Texas town. His investigation pits him against the Mexican Army, the DEA, big-money Houston real estate interests, a Catholic nun who practices voodoo, a charismatic revolutionary wanted on both sides of the border, and perhaps deadliest of all, the demons from his own, tortured past.


Books by Jim Sanderson

El Camino Del Rio

El Camino Del Rio

U.S. Border Patrol agent Dolph Martinez investigates a murder in a dusty, Texas town that pits him against enemies on both sides of border...and demons within himself in a story James Crumley hail as "richly imagined and terrifically realized"

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Reviews For El Camino Del Rio

El Camino Del Rio 5.0

A richly imagined and terrifically realized novel. Complex and humane, always surprising, it rings as true as the winter light across the southern desert

James Crumley

El Camino Del Rio 5.0

A credible combination of grit and grace in the face of troubling ambiquities in a moral borderland

Publishers Weekly

El Camino Del Rio 5.0

Makes the gritty, thankless landscape of the border come alive, from teh relentless heat to the failed hopes

Washington Post

El Camino Del Rio 5.0

Sanderson is especially good at contrasting the clarifty and austere natural beautyof the chihuahua desert with the murky, Orson Welles aura hat envelopes human society there

Dallas Morning News

El Camino Del Rio 5.0

Lean and lyrical. . . .there are plenty of strong, quirky characters to pass the time with.

New York Times