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Gringo Nightmare

A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua

Eric Volz

St. Martin's Griffin

Featured on Fox News and Univision and selected as Larry King’s Book of the Week, this is the harrowing true story of an American held in a Nicaraguan prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

 

In 2005, Eric Volz moved from California to Nicaragua. Volz met Doris Jiménez, a beauty from a small beach town, and they began a passionate relationship.  The relationship ended amicably less than a year later, and Volz moved to the capital city of Managua.

In 2006, Doris was found murdered in her seaside boutique. He rushed from Managua to be with her family, but before he knew it, he found himself accused of the crime.  Decried in the press and vilified by his onetime friends, Volz suffered horrific prison conditions, deadly inmates, sadistic guards, an angry lynch mob, and the merciless treatment of government officials. He soon found himself a pawn in an international arms deal.  It was only through his persistence, the tireless support of friends and family, and the assistance of a former intelligence operative that Eric was released, after more than a year in prison.

A story that made national and international headlines, this is the only book to tell Eric’s absorbing, moving account in his own words.

 

Visit the companion Exhibit Hall at the Gringo Nightmare website for additional photos, audio clips, video, case file, and more.

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Excerpted from Chapter 4
Suddenly the Enemy

I’ll never forget the barking.
     I would hear it again in other Nicaraguan prisons, but hearing it now for the first time as the truck pulled through the gates of the Rivas jail, I began to tremble. I could handle the hooting and the shouting, the clanging and banging against the rusted bars of the windows, but what I heard now went beyond anything I could have imagined. And through all that crazy noise, the sound of barking stood out, and I knew instantly that there were no dogs, that these were men I was

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Praise for Gringo Nightmare

“This story should be issued with every passport.” —Bill Kurtis, author of The Death Penalty on Trial and host of A&E’s Cold Case Files

“A powerful story of injustice, iron determination and incomprehensible strength.” —Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, authors of the New York Times bestselling Picking Cotton

“A brave and riveting account." —Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, co-author of Witness for the Defense and The Myth of Repressed Memory

“A tough tale of survival against long odds…. Nothing short of harrowing.”—Outside

“This story should be issued with every passport.” —Bill Kurtis, author of The Death Penalty on Trial and host of A&E’s Cold Case Files

“A powerful story of injustice, iron determination and incomprehensible strength.” —Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, authors of the New York Times bestselling Picking Cotton

“A brave and riveting account." —Elizabeth F. Loftus, PhD, co-author of Witness for the Defense and The Myth of Repressed Memory

“A tough tale of survival against long odds…. Nothing short of harrowing.”—Outside

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Eric Volz

  • ERIC VOLZ was born in Northern California.  He is a former magazine publisher, who holds a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California, San Diego.  Today, he speaks professionally on travel safety and crisis management. Learn more at friendsofericvolz.com.

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Gringo Nightmare

A Young American Framed for Murder in Nicaragua

Eric Volz

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