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Twenty miles south of the Arizona-Mexico border, the rugged, beautiful Sierra Madre mountains begin their dramatic ascent. Almost 900 miles long, the range climbs to nearly 11,000 feet and boasts several canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. The rules of law and society have never taken hold in the Sierra Madre, which is home to bandits, drug smugglers, Mormons, cave-dwelling Tarahumara Indians, opium farmers, cowboys, and other assorted outcasts. Outsiders are not welcome; drugs are the primary source of income; murder is all but a regional pastime. The Mexican army occasionally goes in to burn marijuana and opium crops -- the modern treasure of the Sierra Madre -- but otherwise the government stays away. In its stead are the drug lords, who have made it one of the biggest drug-producing areas in the world.

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Richard Grant

Richard Grant is a journalist, author and television presenter currently living in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of three non-fiction books, American Nomads (Grove Press, 2003) , God's Middle Finger (Free Press, 2008) , and Crazy River: Exploration and Folly in East Africa, to be published by Free Press on October 25th 2011. He writes articles on a wide range of subjects for magazines and newspapers, publishing regularly in the Telegraph magazine (UK) , and he is the writer and presenter of American Nomads, a documentary for the BBC based on the book of the same name.

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