Review: ‘Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness’

Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness
Alfredo Corchado in conversation with former US Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza
10am, West Terrace, Central Library

A thrilling mix of memoir and Mexican history, Alfredo Corchado’s Midnight in Mexico begins in 2007 with the threat of a cartel hit from northern Mexico’s notorious Zetas. “They plan to kill an American journalist within 24 hours. Three names came up. I think it’s you,” reported Corchado’s unnamed US investigator. The threat sparked Corchado’s paranoid journey through Mexico and the Southwestern United States, trying to stay a step ahead of the Zetas. His first book, Midnight in Mexico weaves his captivating reporter’s memoir with a history of Mexico’s affair with political corruption and the cartels’ stranglehold over the nation. Pulled from his tenure as the Mexico bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, Corchada’s finest work in Midnight in Mexico comes from his ruminations as a Mexican American on the hopeful, perennially flawed state of the nation and the convoluted politics of the reporter’s relationship with the unidentified US investigator, a bond of mutual gain hidden by a veil of friendship.

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