Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

by Clinton McKinzie
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Crossing the Line by Clinton McKinzie

Clinton McKinzie writes powerhouse thrillers that are like nothing you’ve ever read— novels that crackle with raw emotion and brilliantly explore the nature of risk: the risk that lovers take, adventurers seek, and men and women live with on both sides of the law. In an unforgettable new novel, set against the breathtaking Rocky Mountain landscape he has made his own, the acclaimed author of Trial by Ice and Fire brings back Special Agent Antonio Burns and his renegade brother, Roberto—two men who have chosen very different lives, now coming together to make a treacherous descent into a world of loss, betrayal, and terror.

Antonio Burns is a cop, not a saint. Having earned the scornful nickname “QuickDraw” for a shooting that went very wrong, the Wyoming narcotics agent is fighting for redemption and holding on to his family with all the strength he possesses. His brother, Roberto, is another story. His quicksilver heart, hair-trigger temper, and unquenchable hunger for adrenaline rushes have landed him prison—and make him the right person for an FBI agent with a plan. Agent Mary Chang—cool, collected, and always under control—wants to go after Hidalgo, a murderous drug lord who has moved his operation from Mexico to a Wyoming canyon. In Roberto, Chang has found someone who can penetrate Hildago’s heavily guarded crime ranch. And she has found a man who can quickly take her to her own wild side.

Now, while Mary and his brother watch over him, Roberto goes to work for Hidalgo for the promise of a free pass from prison. But Roberto can’t stay withany script for long, and soon starts making up the game as he goes along. With Antonio sure that his brother is taking the ultimate death trip, and Chang guarding a secret of her own, the perfect plan starts to veer wildly off course. And no one is prepared for the dark forces that are about to engulf them—or the final betrayal that will send them to the dizzying heights and abysmal depths of love and loss. A novel that plunges like a knife, Crossing the Line is vintage McKinzie: brilliant, breathless, and utterly impossible to put down.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385336376
Publisher: Dell Publishing
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Pages: 373
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Clinton McKinzie is the acclaimed author of The Edge of Justice, Point of Law, and Trial by Ice and Fire. He was raised in Santa Monica, California, and he now lives in Colorado with his wife and son. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked as a peace officer and deputy district attorney in Denver. His passion is climbing alpine walls.Visit our website at and the author at

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Clinton McKinzie has created a wonderful and exciting set of characters! These books are well written and make you care deeply about the main character (Antonio Burns) and his brother, Roberto. These are characters you can relate to. They make some poor decisions. Roberto has his own inner demons and seems to find life so painful to live he has become addicted to drugs and the only time he seems to feel alive and at peace is when he is climbing some impossible rock face. I got hooked with the first book, Point of Law, and had a very hard time waiting for the next in the series to be published. I just hope that Mr. McKinzie continues with this series for a very long time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clinton McKinzie creates a seamless world that completely envelops and entrances the reader. The book is clearly based on meticulous research and has an authentic feel that makes the experience compelling. The characters develop beautifully, the writing is skillfull, and the story has depth enough to scare, move, and satisfy.
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Two FBI agents, Mary Chang and Tom Cochran, work a deal with drug addict Roberto Burns. In exchange for clemency of his felony charges, they will use him as a pawn to gain criminal information on former Mexicali drug lord Jesus Hidalgo, who relocated to Wyoming after being on the losing end of a vicious gang war in Mexico. Hidalgo plans to establish an illegal drug producing lab in an abandoned mine................................... Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Antonio 'Ant' Burns has problems with the scenario, but is happy to see his brother go straight being a by the law type. He goes along with the agreement until he realizes that his sibling is in danger. He decides to be the cavalry in order to rescue his brother regardless of what it does to the Feds¿ case. Though he hopes that climbing the side of a mountain will surprise Hidalgo and his gang of hoods, Ant is soon in the middle of danger too........................................ The fourth Ant tale (see THE EDGE OF JUSTICE and TRIAL BY ICE AND FIRE) is at its best when the hero and Roberto are mountain climbing. The tale remains strong when the lead character performs soliloquies on why he became a cop and how much he cares for his pregnant girlfriend, Mungo the wolf, the Iron Pig Land Cruiser, and his lunatic brother, the tale hums as readers see inside Ant. When Ant provides discourses on a non-cooperating judge, the FBI and his boss, the tale slows down. Still the side of a cliff is what makes this an exhilarating thriller as the audience will feel they are hanging alongside Ant......................... Harriet Klausner