Triple Crossing: A Novel

Triple Crossing: A Novel

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by Sebastian Rotella
     
 

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Valentine Pescatore, a volatile rookie Border Patrol agent, is trying to survive the trenches of The Line in San Diego. He gets in trouble and finds himself recruited as an informant by Isabel Puente, a beautiful U.S. agent investigating a powerful Mexican crime family.

As he infiltrates the mafia, Pescatore falls in love with Puente. But he clashes with her

Overview

Valentine Pescatore, a volatile rookie Border Patrol agent, is trying to survive the trenches of The Line in San Diego. He gets in trouble and finds himself recruited as an informant by Isabel Puente, a beautiful U.S. agent investigating a powerful Mexican crime family.

As he infiltrates the mafia, Pescatore falls in love with Puente. But he clashes with her ally Leo Mendez, chief of a Tijuana anti-corruption unit. Politically charged violence escalates, plunging Pescatore into the lawless "triple border" region of South America and a showdown full of bloodshed and betrayal.

Writing with rapid-fire intensity, Sebastian Rotella captures the despair and intrigue of the borderlands, where enforcing the law has become an act of subversion. TRIPLE CROSSING is an explosive and riveting debut.

Editorial Reviews

Patrick Anderson
An honest and engrossing journey into a world of violence and corruption....Rotella knows how the police work, how the criminals operate and how bribes and violence subvert the law. He employs a journalist's sharp eye and a novelist's deft touch to give us a rich portrait of the sights, smells, sounds, beauties, and dangers of life south of the border.
Washington Post
New York Times Book Review
"A remarkable first novel....The pounding action scenes are driven by Rotella's ferocious prose style."
Alan Cheuse
A devastating tale of drug trafficking and corruption. Anyone who has spent time crossing between San Diego and Tijuana will recognize the sharp and accurate picture that Rotella has created in these pages....The reader will be racing along through the pages of Rotella's novel at near break-neck speed.
Dallas Morning News
Nancie Clare
Excellent....Rotella's story opens a window into the true globalization of the business of crime.
Los Angeles Times
Tara Quinn
Sure to please...The action never stops.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Donna Seaman
A strongly choreographed, authentically detailed, and sharply funny tale of cultural complexity and raging global criminality.
Booklist
Eric Norton
Rotella's crime drama captures the feel of the rampant corruption that is the stuff of headlines in the United States and Mexico. This should satisfy readers far beyond the border.
Library Journal
Luis Urrea
Rotella's profound understanding of the many hidden worlds of the border takes this thriller into the realms of nightmare and exquisite terror.
author of Into the Beautiful North
Patrick Anderson - Washington Post
"An honest and engrossing journey into a world of violence and corruption....Rotella knows how the police work, how the criminals operate and how bribes and violence subvert the law. He employs a journalist's sharp eye and a novelist's deft touch to give us a rich portrait of the sights, smells, sounds, beauties, and dangers of life south of the border."
Michael Connelly
"This is one of the most accomplished first novels I have ever read. Triple Crossing is full of dangers, deep characters and a story writ on a grand scale."
Tara Quinn - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Sure to please...The action never stops."
Donna Seaman - Booklist
"A strongly choreographed, authentically detailed, and sharply funny tale of cultural complexity and raging global criminality."
Alan Cheuse - Dallas Morning News
"The reader will be racing along through the pages of Rotella's novel at near break-neck speed."
Nancie Clare - Los Angeles Times
"Excellent....Rotella's story opens a window into the true globalization of the business of crime."
author of Into the Beautiful North Luis Urrea
"Rotella's profound understanding of the many hidden worlds of the border takes this thriller into the realms of nightmare and exquisite terror."
Luis Urrea - author of Into the Beautiful North
"Rotella's profound understanding of the many hidden worlds of the border takes this thriller into the realms of nightmare and exquisite terror."
From the Publisher
"This is one of the most accomplished first novels I have ever read. Triple Crossing is full of dangers, deep characters and a story writ on a grand scale."—Michael Connelly"

An honest and engrossing journey into a world of violence and corruption....Rotella knows how the police work, how the criminals operate and how bribes and violence subvert the law. He employs a journalist's sharp eye and a novelist's deft touch to give us a rich portrait of the sights, smells, sounds, beauties, and dangers of life south of the border."—Patrick Anderson, Washington Post"

A remarkable first novel....The pounding action scenes are driven by Rotella's ferocious prose style."—New York Times Book Review"

A devastating tale of drug trafficking and corruption. Anyone who has spent time crossing between San Diego and Tijuana will recognize the sharp and accurate picture that Rotella has created in these pages....The reader will be racing along through the pages of Rotella's novel at near break-neck speed."—Alan Cheuse, Dallas Morning News"

Excellent....Rotella's story opens a window into the true globalization of the business of crime."—Nancie Clare, Los Angeles Times"

Sure to please...The action never stops."—Tara Quinn, Cleveland Plain Dealer"

Superb fiction debut....Unflinching views of a double agent's harrowing life, a violence-drenched Mexican jail, and the wild border areas complement the provocative plot."—Publishers Weekly"

A strongly choreographed, authentically detailed, and sharply funny tale of cultural complexity and raging global criminality."—Donna Seaman, Booklist"

A fast-paced thriller that rings true to the real story behind the political posturing over the drug war, illegal immigration, and border security."—Kirkus"

Rotella's crime drama captures the feel of the rampant corruption that is the stuff of headlines in the United States and Mexico. This should satisfy readers far beyond the border."—Eric Norton, Library Journal"

Rotella's profound understanding of the many hidden worlds of the border takes this thriller into the realms of nightmare and exquisite terror."—Luis Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316175463
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
08/10/2011
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
182,413
File size:
1 MB

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Michael Connelly
This is one of the most accomplished first novels I have ever read. Triple Crossing is full of dangers, deep characters and a story writ on a grand scale.

Meet the Author

Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning senior reporter for Propublica, an independent organization dedicated to investigative journalism. He covers issues including international terrorism, organized crime, homeland security and immigration. Previously, he worked for 23 years for the Los Angeles Times, serving as bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires and covering the Mexican border. He was a Pulitzer finalist in international reporting in 2006. He is the author of Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border (Norton), which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1998.

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Triple Crossing 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
In reading stories on the war on drugs, one always to wonder who is telling the truth. Corruption is rampant, deceit and betrayal part of daily life. Author Sebastain Rotella does an excellent job in creating believable characters and sending them about their various missions. He creates an undercover agent whose loyalties are quite questionable, and that keeps the story going while the various governments indulge in whatever suits them best. Not sure that Triple Crossing is the definitive novel on the drug trade- try The Power of the Dog for that.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Career Conditional Border Patrol agent Valentine Pescatore works the San Diego- Tijuana Line. He understands the rules, but cannot help feeling for some of the women and children caught in the righteous political anti-illegal immigration fever. In fact he has given money to some of those he arrested. Valentine's idealism clashes with his vicious supervisor Arleigh Garrison, who sees these illegal "animals" as sport. During a stoppage, Valentine notice notorious human-drug smuggler Pulp escaping. He follows the nasty supplier into Tijuana, violating the treaty and the laws of both countries. Federal Agent Isabel Puente finds Valentine on the wrong side of the border and the law. She recruits him by blackmailing him to go undercover inside a particularly nasty Mexican mafia family. As he falls in love with his puppeteer, Valentine becomes a double agent working the lethal South American "triple border" crossing. Reporter Sebastian Rotella pulls no punches in this dark look at working undercover amongst extremely dangerous people. The story line is action-packed while containing a strong cast and not just the three above as for instance Mexican official Mendez diligently works anti-corruption in Tijuana. Except for the suits who use the illegal immigration issue as a tough on crime vote getter, readers will appreciate the dangerous rest of the story. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hesrd about this on npr and am glad I did. Good story and likable characters. Just got the second and looking forward to it. Enjoy...Russ
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