He is called El Barquero. He makes his trade along the border, smuggling guns and killing without remorse. As he faces his one last mission, his perfect plan is unwittingly foiled by Avery, a paranoid loner obsessed with global conspiracy theories who spends most of his time crafting absurd and threatening letters to anyone who offends him. That means pretty much everyone.
What unfolds is a laugh-out-loud dark comedy of madcap adventure stretching from Austin to the West Texas border featuring a lunatic band of civilian border militia, a group of bingo-crazed elderly ladies (one packing a pistol nearly as long as her arm), a murderous and double-crossing cartel boss, a burned-out hippy, and a crotchety retired doctor and his pugnacious French bulldog. Read it to believe it.
What they’re saying about it:
This is one of the most amazingly entertaining, laugh-out-loud funny, and adventurous books I’ve ever read. Full of quirky, outlandish characters that remain believable and likable, and a meaner than mean villain, this novel will keep you absorbed, keep you guessing as to what will happen next, and have you laughing so hard you’ll be struggling to read through the tears.
What a wild ride!! If you like Coen Brothers films, you will enjoy this book. All of the characters are larger than life and hilarious.
At 33 years of age, I can honestly say I have finally “met” my favorite literary character of all time. It’s no exaggeration when I tell you I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Avery Bartholomew Pendleton forever takes the cake (or sabotaged taco) in that department.