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The House of Wolfe

James Carlos Blake

Average Review Rating Average Rating 7/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : No Exit Press

Published : 2015

Copyright : James Carlos Blake 2015

ISBN-10 : PB 1-8434-4559-X
ISBN-13 : PB 978-1-8434-4559-3

Publisher's Write-Up

On a rainy winter night in Mexico City, a ten-member wedding party is kidnapped in front of the groom’s family mansion. The perpetrator is a small-time gangster named El Galán, who wants nothing more than to make his crew part of a major cartel and hopes that this crime will be his big break. The only captive not related to either the bride or the groom is the young Jessica Juliet Wolfe, a bridesmaid and close friend of the bride. Jessie hails from a family of notorious outlaws that has branches on both sides of the border, and when the Wolfes learn of Jessie’s abduction, they fear that the kidnappers will kill the captives after receiving the ransom and desperately try to find her before it’s too late.

Gritty and exhilarating, James Carlos Blake’s The House of Wolfe takes readers on a wild ride from Mexico City’s opulent neighbourhoods to its frenetic downtown streets and feral shantytowns, as El Galán proves how dangerous it is to underestimate an ambitious criminal.

'Passionate, bloody and yet incredibly romantic, it is a tribute to the genius of its author.'

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Review by Ben Macnair (311015) Rating (7/10)

Review by Ben Macnair
Rating 7/10
Having read and reviewed the first part of this trilogy, Country of the Bad Wolfes, I knew what to expect in terms of subject matter, writing style, some of the characterisation and the plot, but I was not aware of what happens in part two, The Rules of Wolfe, but I think that the books also work as standalone novels.

In The House of Wolfe we find a criminal, El Galan wanting to make his name within the underground crime world of Mexico, and in doing so, he kidnaps ten people from a wedding party, and sets a ransom of five million dollars, and a twenty four hour deadline in which it must be paid. Unfortunately for El Galan, one of the kidnapped is Jessica Wolfe, a young daughter of the legendary outlaw family, who have members on both sides of the border, notorious for their loyalty, and lack of respect for authority.

This is the setting for a novel that ratchets up the pace and drama with each page, each character adds something to the mix, and the places, that range from the luxury of mansions to the abject poverty of shantytowns and beyond. Although the Wolfes are a family, made of strong moral fibre, El Galan is also a dangerous criminal with a short fuse, aiming to make a name for himself, and a legacy of fear for the future.

The House of Wolfe is one of those novels that just flows along, the nature of the writing suiting the story that it is telling, and if you like crime fiction, historical fiction, strong characters and stronger plots, then this trilogy could be the type of book for you.
Ben Macnair (31st October 2015)

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