Unlike every other novel about drug trafficking and violence in Colombia, this story focuses on the everyday nature and banality in the lives of characters that are mainstays in the narco mythology (the cowardly wannabe, the errands boy, the boss, the bosses' gals, the rich and classless woman). This is a story that narrates these characters' most human feelings.
Two young men find out they can buy luxury brand clothing at the morgue—the clothes they would otherwise never have access to. Meanwhile, a couple of vicious hitmen are hunting down a dead man in order to finish the kill. An upper class girl decides to leave her family after discovering the crimes they have committed. A nostalgic worker insists on demanding the labor conditions under which he worked years earlier.
At the climax of the war against his worst enemy, the most powerful mafioso of Villalinda falls madly in love and takes lessons in general world culture in order to to seduce an woman who is out of his reach. To the tunes of tango, salsa and vallenato music and among shops, streets and mansions, Luis Miguel Rivas tells the story of a town that has been permanently permeated by drug trafficking.
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