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Dirty Dealing

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   17 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/24/2020

Dirty Dealing

Drug Smuggling on the Mexican Border and the Assassination of a Federal Judge

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684577224
Digital Download ISBN:9781684577217


A must-listen book from Gary Cartwright, the author of Blood Will Tell and Galveston.

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Minutes into this rollicking good story, the central figure, Lee Chagra, comes alive: "[Lee] washed his morning cocaine down with strong coffee and remembered the time he had met Sinatra, how genuine he appeared." Everything you'll need to know and remember about Chagra—the son of Syrian immigrants to Mexico and an attorney who spun the world of dope-running, border-crossing, high-living outlaws along the El Paso–Juarez border around his finger like the gaudy rings he favored—can be neatly summarized in that one sentence. Chagra dies not long after, yet he haunts the rest of this cautionary tale like a high-rolling specter.


"Fast-paced, sure-footed nonfiction that packs all the intensity and dramatic qualities of a good novel.… Journalist Gary Cartwright's diligent research has produced a rich evocation of the lives of the Chagra family... A sharp and often startling disclosure of personal folly and government corruption"—Booklist

"Dirty Dealing, by Gary Cartwright: Dope smuggling, brotherly love, and the assassination of a federal judge, all leading to the biggest investigation in FBI history. Best of all, the Texas Monthly writer makes this true story read like a novel."—GQ Recommends

"Texas Monthly staffer Cartwright knows his territory, and this story of 'greed and fear' and life on the border (in all senses) will hook a wide audience"—Kirkus Reviews

"Not an uplifting story. But it does show that when a government has $11.4 million to spend on a case, and isn't finicky about its methods, or about releasing criminals to jail the innocent, it can put people behind bars. Cartwright has carefully researched his story and tells it well."—Newsweek

Author Bio

Gary Cartwright (1934–2017) had a distinguished career as a journalist, author, and magazine writer. His honors include a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship, the Stanley Walker Award for Journalism, and the Carr Collins Award for Nonfiction. Cartwright received his BA in journalism from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.