The murder of Manuel Buendía, a prominent Mexican columnist, dominated news coverage in the summer of 1984 and outraged many influential Mexico City journalists and intellectuals. Five years passed before the special prosecutor indicted José Antonio Zorrilla Pérez, former director of the Dirección Federal de Seguridad (DFS), one of Mexico's intelligence agencies. However, many close observers of the case doubted that Buendía's assassination was the work of one midlevel public official. Among them were Russell H. Bartley and Sylvia Erickson Bartley, who embarked on a three-decade investigation into the journalist's death. The product of that research, Eclipse of the Assassins, suggests that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the DFS, and high-ranking Mexican politicians collaborated to murder Buendía.

Bartley and Bartley offer the most comprehensive overview to date of the official investigation into Buendía's murder, which occupies roughly the first half of...

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