Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for In the Mouth of the Wolf:
Well, this ruins my planned trip to Mexico.
A journalist’s attempt to solve the murder of fellow journalist, Regina Martinez.
Fun Fact for Non-History People Will Like:
10 journalists were killed in Mexico in 2010.
Fun Fact for History Nerds:
Between 2004 and 2018, 178 current of former Mexican mayors were murdered.
My Take on In the Mouth of the Wolf:
“Don’t trust anyone” is often an overused cliche in stories where you are supposed to be suspicious of everyone. In the Mouth of the Wolf by Katherine Corcoran is the first true crime book where I truly felt like I couldn’t trust anyone but the author.
The story follows Corcoran as she investigates the murder of famed Mexican journalist, Regina Martinez. Who killed Martinez? There is no shortage of possibilities, and this book meticulously walks through Corcoran’s search for the truth. Well, any truth because it seems like everyone is at the very least holding something back if not lying completely.
This book is also an indictment of Mexican politics. I don’t know much about the Mexican government, but I certainly feel like I got a crash course on the massive corruption throughout the country and how everyone seemed to be on the take.
I loved the book even if it is heartbreaking in many ways I did not expect. Corcoran masterfully handles the subject matter with a direct but light touch. A subject like this can easily become a treatise on corruption, but Regina Martinez is the center of this story and Corcoran never lets us forget it. You will at times feel anxious, angry, sad, and hopeful. It’s a great book and a must read.
A great story. Read it. Buy it here!