Charles Bowden
  • Programs: Nation Books, Writers

    Charles Bowden is the critically acclaimed author of many books including Murder City, Down by the River, A Shadow in the City, Blood Orchid, and Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing. He is a contributing writer for Mother Jones, and his work frequently appears Harper's magazine, GQ, the New York Times Book Review, Aperture, and many others. El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin (co-edited with Molly Molloy) is out in June 2011 from Nation Books. Bowden lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Featured Work
  • "We Bring Fear"
  • Emilio Gutiérrez Soto is a reporter and a dead man driving. He is fleeing to the United States from the biggest cartel of all — the Mexican Army.

  • The Sicario: A Juárez hit man speaks
  • A conversation with a killer from the notorious Mexican border city, who commanded up to $20,000 for assassination by strangling.

Featured Audio
  • Charles Bowden’s Morning Edition podcast on NPR about his new book on Ciudad Juarez, April 1, 2010