Created by T.E. Wilson
When her family packed it all up and emigrated from Mexico City to safe, tolerant Canada to flee the clutches of the cartel her family worked for, teenage tomboy Cristina Sánchez thought it would be a new start. And, for a while, it was. She adapted well into the Canadian mosaic.
But soon enough Cristina had shucked both her name and her gender, and became ERNESTO SÁNCHEZ, a “tough cop with a five-o’clock shadow.”
But now he’s back in his homeland, working off a P.I. ticket he got with a little help from his family’s connections, and he’s doing okay, tracking down stray husbands and taking on a missing person case now and then, working out of his dumpy apartment in Mexico City which he shares with his skinny German Shepherd, Bill Clinton. Okay, his love life isn’t that great, he’s out of shape, and he drinks way too much Mezcal, but hey, nobody’s life is perfect. Right?
But then, in this proposed series debut, Mezcalero (2015), he gets a call from his mom in Canada, who wants him to do her a favour: help find a young Canadian gringa who’s gone missing somewhere along Mexico’s crime-ridden Pacific Coast. He returns in Wild Dogs of Mexico (2018), which finds him stalking the streets of Mexico City, looking for Bill Clinton, but his search soon embroils him in a nasty clusterfuck of homophobia, corruption and murder.
As far as I can tell, this is the first transgender private eye to hit the P.I. genre, but I’m sure he won’t be the last.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
T.E. Wilson was born in Montreal, attended McGill University, and has worked as a journalist and human rights observer in Latin America, which has taken him from post-conflict Guatemala to the mountains of the Sierra Madre and the depths of Mexico’s prison system. For his non-fiction writing he has received a CBC Literary Award (first) and a National Magazine Award (gold). Wilson currently divides his time between Peterborough, Ontario and Mexico.
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