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Charles Bowden dies at 69; writer chronicled border drug violence
Charles Bowden dies at 69; writer chronicled border drug violence

Charles Bowden, a chronicler of the Southwest who started as a nature writer but became known for his gritty yet lyrical nonfiction narratives of drug violence and hopelessness on the U.S.-Mexico border, has died. He was 69. Bowden, who had been complaining of fatigue for several weeks, died during a nap Saturday afternoon at his home in Las Cruces, N.M., his friend Ray Carroll said. The cause of death has yet to be determined. While his early books were compared to those of the iconoclastic environmental writer Edward Abbey, a friend of his, Bowden was more famous for his unsparing descriptions of life and death on the border. "Probably more than any other U.S. author, he has...

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