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 CROSSINGis an explosive and riveting debut.
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.
Triple Crossing 3.8 out of 5based on
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.
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.
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
“A new series filled with multifaceted characters, layered plots, and the type of quixotic scenarios
that only the imagination of Kelly McCullough could possibly ... Book ReviewsFor six years, former temple assassin Aral Kingslayer has been living as a jack ...
A young immigrant girl escapes Mexico for America. One of the most popular storytellers of
all time, V.C. Andrews (Flowers in the Attic, My Sweet Audrina) layers psychological suspense with sheer terror in this provocative first book of the classic ...
Where darkness lives, all will become desolate. Desi chose Midgard over Hel, over her father,
Loki, but she couldn’t banish the Shadow that lives within her. Working with The Hallowed, she remains vigilant against her father’s forces. When she’s injured ...
Combines full-page photos with a dialogue between Christ and the reader. Each meditation is an
authentic application of Jesus' suffering to our personal lives. A handy-sized booklet, ideal for either private devotion or public Stations of the Cross; for adult ...
Josh and Miriam Retallick and their grandson Ben seem almost part of the wild and
rugged Cornish landscape of 1913. Yet a revolutionary spirit of change is sweeping across the country - and the whole of Europe - with terrifying ...
Nineteenth-century London comes vividly alive in this story a street urchin named Jaffy Brown. After
a close call with an escaped tiger, Jaffy goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, the famed importer of exotic animals. As the years pass, ...
This translation, supported by the Japan Foundation, makes a strong claim to be the definitive
translation of the 95 chapter edition of Shobogenzo, the essential Japanese Buddhist text, written in the 13th century by Zen Master Dogen. Following Shobogenzo Books ...
Everyone’s got a “shyt list”—but in this explicit street tale, one woman plans to do
something about it… When Yvonna’s ghetto fabulous world in Southeast D.C. is rocked after her father brutally murders her high school sweetheart, she learns ...