Chiva: A Village Takes On The Global Heroin Trade
Chiva merges the global epic of heroin trafficking with the human-scale story of its presence in the small desert town that boasts the most per capita overdose deaths in the US. The book interweaves three themes: the true tale of Chimayo, New Mexico, terrorized by its heroin dealers since the 1970s until, in the late 90s, its citizens rose up to challenge the epidemic in their midst; the story of the author’s relationship with a local dealer, and his involvement with addiction, crime, love, recovery, and the judicial system; and the political context behind these stories: the global workings of the heroin business.
Author: Chellis Glendinning
Publisher: New Society
Release Date: 19/7/2005