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Finished With Oxygen Book Club's November 2022 Pick? It's Time To Discuss!

Throughout "In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, a Cover-Up, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press," former AP Mexico bureau chief Katherine Corcoran investigates an important question: What really happened to Mexican journalist Regina Martínez? 

By Becca van Sambeck
Oxygen Book Club highlights books in the crime sphere each month and features exclusive interviews, guided discussions, and more.

Regina Martinéz was an influential Mexican journalist who was determined to expose corruption in her country's politics. She reported on controversial topics, and was well-regarded for her work — but in 2012 she was beaten to death in her bathroom. Who killed her?

That's the question former AP Mexico bureau chief Katherine Corcoran asks in her nonfiction read "In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, a Cover-Up, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press." Corcoran chronicles what happened after she traveled to Mexico, met with those who knew Martinéz best, and investigated the disturbing crime.

The astonishing and powerful read was selected as November 2022's pick in Oxygen Book Club. Once you've finished reading the book yourself, consider examining these discussion questions with your friends:

1. Had you heard of Regina Martinéz before the book? What did you know about her or the case?

2. Why do you think Katherine Corcoran was drawn to Regina Martinéz? What similarities and differences do they share?

3. Someone was ultimately convicted in the case, but many doubt he was the one to kill her. What did you end up thinking is the truth in this complicated case, and why?

4. Were you familiar with Mexican politics before reading this book? What struck you the most about the way the government works? How is it similar with your own country's political system, and how is it different?

5. While corruption is an important topic in the book, the beauty of Mexico and strength of its people are also highlighted. What did you learn about Mexico and its culture in general? 

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6. What did you think of the way Corcoran investigated the story? How did her viewpoints change after meeting Martinéz's loved ones?

7. What do you think the title of the book signifies?

8. The role journalism plays in a society is a focus of the book. Did you walk away with a deeper understanding or appreciation of the job? How did your thoughts on the role change?

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9. Corcoran explores the impact attacks on journalism have on the general public. Have you noticed similar events happening in the United States? What effect do these attacks have? Why is free press so essential?

And if you have more thoughts let us know! Use the hashtag #oxygenbookclub to keep the discussion going on social media. 

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