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Saint Death

Marcus Sedgwick

Sedgwick’s (Blood Red Snow White, 2016) timely but unflinching look at the violent world of the human and drug trade is set on the US-Mexican border where people’s lives are governed by extreme poverty, fear, and gang violence. Arturo scrapes together a living by working odd jobs, staying out of sight, and playing cards. When his best friend Faustino confesses that he stole money from the gang, he begs Arturo to try and win it back in a high-stakes card game. He reluctantly agrees after learning the money was used to send Faustino’s girlfriend and baby over the U.S. border. If he prays hard enough will Santa Muerte—Saint Death help Arturo or will she watch as he heads toward his tragic end?