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On the eve of becoming a married man, the Counselor makes a risky entrée into the drug trade—and gambles that the consequences won’t catch up to him.
Along the gritty terrain of the Texas–Mexico border, a respected and recently engaged lawyer throws his stakes into a cocaine trade worth millions. His hope is that it will be a one-time deal and that, afterward, he can settle into life with his beloved fiancée. But instead, the Counselor finds himself mired in a brutal and dangerous game—one that threatens to destroy everything and everyone he loves. Deft, shocking, and unforgettable, McCarthy is at his finest in this gripping tale about risk, consequence, and the treacherous balance between the two.
“Like the novelists he admires—Melville, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner—Cormac McCarthy has created an imaginative oeuvre greater and deeper than any single book. Such writers wrestle with the gods themselves.” —The Washington Post Book World
“McCarthy’s prose [is] the most laudable, his characters the most fully inhabited, his sense of place the most bloodworthy and thoroughly felt of any living writer’s.”—Esquire
“McCarthy is one of the most richly stylized writers in American letters.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“McCarthy justifies the very worth of fiction in the consummate breadth and dimension of his work.” —New York Post
“The genius of McCarthy’s work [is] in its bold, seamless melding of private revelation, cultural insight, and unabashed philosophizing.” —The Village Voice
“He is nothing less than our greatest living writer.” —Houston Chronicle
“Most of us would have preferred a novel, but when it comes to the acclaimed author of The Road and Blood Meridian, we’ll take what we can get, and what we have here is an original screenplay for a forthcoming film directed by Ridley Scott. A lawyer, identified only as the Counselor, is setting up a onetime drug score with some of his bad-guy associates. If all goes as planned, Counselor and his fiancée can ride off into the sunset. It will come as no surprise when the best-laid plans go awry and brutal acts of violence ensue. In the hands of a lesser author, this conventional plot would seem trite, but McCarthy’s philosophic and erudite dialogue, vivid exposition, and intriguing characters give the story a unique vitality. In his previous novel, The Road, spare prose depicts a dark, lawless, postapocalyptic world with only a tiny hint of hope; The Counselor, set in a more recognizable landscape, and with more loquacious characters, retains McCarthy’s trademark darkness. The star-studded cast will include Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem.” –Booklist