Megan Harlan
July 11, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

News of a Kidnapping

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A

In 1990, a journalist and her assistant — both with ties to a top Colombian politician — were kidnapped at Uzi-point on the streets of Bogota by masked narco-terrorists. In potent, impossible-to-put-down reportage, Gabriel Garcia Marquez traces how this episode sparked the Colombian drug war’s most notorious series of crimes. Legendary cocaine trafficker Pablo Escobar had masterminded a total of 10 such abductions to avert a government plan that would extradite him to U.S. courts. Marquez’s crystalline telling in News of a Kidnapping lets this dramatic, tragic tale speak, chillingly, for itself. A

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