Maverick agent Valentine Pescatore is back and investigating a brutal killing that leads him across borders and reveals a vast conspiracy of wealth and power terrifyingly close to home.
Valentine Pescatore, the former U.S. agent, finds himself back on American soil, investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted.
From an author who has been praised for his "pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style" (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), RIP CREW races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.
Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning senior reporter for Propublica, covering issues including international terrorism, organized crime, homeland security and immigration. Previously he spent 23 years working for the Los Angeles Times. He was a Pulitzer finalist in international reporting in 2006. He is also the author of the novels Triple Threat and The Convert's Song and a work of non-fiction, Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
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 on Triple Crossing
An astonishingly impressive debut from an investigative journalist with a sharp eye for the duplicity that stalks the border between the U.S. and Mexico...a taut, lean and satisfying thriller that lingers in your mind long after you've finished it. — Daily Mail on Triple Crossing
Rotella is an expert on the vicious anarchy of Mexican crime and politics...His balance of intimate storytelling and operatic scale is stunning. — Daily Telegraph on Triple Crossing
A remarkable first novel . . . The pounding action scenes are driven by Rotella's ferocious prose style. — New York Times Book Review on Triple Crossing
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 on Triple Crossing
Excellent . . . Rotella ratchets up the action with an absorbing look at international politics. — Publishers Weekly (starred) on The Convert's Song
A rousing thriller with heart and heartbreak...Rotella's prose is vivid and precise, his sense of setting sharply illuminating. — LA Times on The Convert's Song
The Convert's Song is a revelation. Sure, it's a smart, gripping thriller that will have you turning the pages at high speed. But it's also a deep, emotionally resonant story of identity, friendship, and faith. . . . I loved it. — Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street, on The Convert's Song
I read like a zealot....The story got me in a chokehold as the characters grew more and more complex and Rotella's style thickened and boiled and bubbled. — NPR on The Convert's Song
The Convert's Song hooked me from its opening scene and kept me hooked to the very end. Sebastian Rotella has written a novel filled with suspense and intrigue, as well as real-world insights into those who commit terrorist acts and those who try to stop them. — Ron Rash, author of Serena, on The Convert's Song