Translator: Rosalind Harvey
Tochtli lives in a palace. He loves hats, samurai, guillotines and dictionaries, and what he wants more than anything right now is a new pet for his private zoo: a pygmy hippopotamus from Liberia. But Tochtli is a child whose father is a drug baron on the verge of taking over a powerful cartel, and Tochtli is growing up in a luxury hideout that he shares with hit men, prostitutes, dealers, servants and the odd corrupt politician or two.(Taken from Goodreads)
This is a really enjoyable fast read that should only take a couple of hours at the most to read.
All the going on of a Mexican drug Lord is seen and told through the eyes of his seven-year old son. This was disturbing at times and there was points throughout the story when I was thinking that a seven-year old boy should not be witnessing this.
The thing that annoyed me about this novel and stopped me giving it 5 stars was the very abrupt ending. It was like the novel just stopped half way through the story and I could not understand why.
Overall this was a very well thought out read that kept me engaged through out.