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Fabrizio Mejía Madrid
A Man You Can Trust

(Un hombre de confianza)

Commercial Non-Fiction / Narcos & Co.

  • Published: 01/11/2015
  • ISBN: 9786073135030
  • 224 pages

The Mexican state repressed dissent for decades in order to allow the PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party) to take hold and grow stronger, ranging from subtle techniques such as espionage to the disappearance and murder of “enemies.”   During the violent decades of the 60s and 70s, Fernando Gutiérrez Barrios was the leader and strategist of the intelligence and security forces that implemented repressive methods against dissidents and political groups that were not aligned with the government. This biography portrays, in full detail, the macabre life of this man who managed to remain tight-lipped and with a veneer of respectability while being involved in very dirty deeds. More than a profile of this chief of the secret police, this is a reflection on the intrigues and secrets of a man and his motives, combined with brutally raw testimonies of survivors of his torture methods.

About the author

MEXICO-FABRIZIO MEJÍA MADRID (Mexico City, 1968) is a contributor to the magazines Proceso, Letras Libres and Gatopardo. His work has been included in the anthologies The Mexico City Reader (University of Wisconsin Press, 2004) and Ustedes les consta, edited by Carlos Monsiváis, among others.

Other books – Novels: Viaje alrededor de mi padre (2004); Hombre al agua (2004) won the Antonin Artaud Award, El rencor (2006), Tequila, DF (2009), Disparos en la oscuridad (2011), Vida digital (2012) and Nación TV (2013). Non-fiction: Pequeños actos de desobediencia civil (1996), Entre las sábanas (1995), Salida de Emergencia (2007) and La edad del polvo: Historia Natural de la Ciudad de México desde mi ventana (2009).