The Mexican writer returns with ‘Una novela criminal’, a recent Alfaguara award and the result of his investigation into the Cassez-Vallarta case, that of a band of botched kidnappers that put a whole judicial system in check
Early morning of December 9, 2005. The most important channel in Mexico, retransmits a spectacular police operation throughout the country. Stunned, the Mexicans attend how the forces of the Federal Investigation Agency break into a hacienda equipped with assault rifles. Renowned journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, microphone in hand, narrates all the action: “It is a kidnapping of three people. And what we know is that the detainee is married to a woman of French origin, “he tells his viewers. Both data awakens the first suspicions. The camera points to two AK-47s: “These are the weapons,” says the journalist, while the police interrogate the detainees violently. The action is spectacular, worthy of the best of John Woo’s films, and it is because it is a montage.
That direct infamy was the first contact of Mexican society with the Vallarta-Cassez case, “although some want to leave it alone in Cassez,” says Jorge Volpi. This Mexican writer, born in 1968 is one of the most recognized voices of the new Latin American narrative. The generation of crack, which some are right to call. After a dozen international awards returns with a criminal novel (Alfaguara), the result of his journalistic research on Florence Cassez, Israel Vallarta and the band Zodiacs, one of the most rocambolescas criminal stories that Mexico has given.