A news photographer limps back across the Mexican border. He’s bloodied, his cameras smashed. And he carries a menacing message from a notorious drug lord to one of his colleagues. “Tell Tom Harley he’s dead meat.”
This death threat transforms a half-hearted reporter into an unlikely hero and kicks off a rollicking cross-border drama. Roaming from a love nest in El Paso’s shadeless barrio to a dusty carwash across the river in Juarez, Harley starts to untangle a story in which he’s a leading actor. But can he tell the truth once he finds it?
In Donkey Show, Stephen Baker weaves a tale of deception, dueling ambitions, and international intrigue—most of it taking place within a 10-minute bike ride of the newsroom. Nearly everyone he encounters, it seems, shapes their stories to fit their dreams. But they must survive the madness for those dreams to come true.
Stephen Baker has worked as a journalist in Paris, Mexico City, Caracas, and New York. But it was his time on the U.S.-Mexico
border that fueled his fiction. His first novel, The Boost (Tor Books, 2014) is a near-future tale that, like Donkey Show, takes place along the Rio Grande. Kirkus Reviews called the book “a true delight of a techno-thriller that has deep, dark roots in the present.”
His non-fiction books include The Numerati (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), which was translated into 20 languages. Before moving to the New York area for BusinessWeek, Baker was the magazine’s Paris-based European technology correspondent. A graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he lives in Montclair, NJ. Learn more at stephenbakerbooks.com.
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