Triple Crossing 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 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.
 

About Sebastian Rotella

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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.
 
Published August 10, 2011 by Mulholland Books. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his fiction debut, Rotella (Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border, 1998) draws a crime novel from the chaotic cauldron of the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Publishers Weekly

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When Valentine chases a notorious smuggler into Tijuana, a transgression that can get him arrested, Valentine winds up recruited by attractive Isabel Puente, a U.S. federal agent who wants him to infiltrate a powerful Mexican mafia family—and with whom he soon falls in love.

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Sebastian Rotella, a journalist who wrote Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border, has himself now crossed over into the realm of fiction.

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Book Reporter

Leonardo Mendez, the head of a special Mexican law enforcement unit known as the Diogenes Group and famous for fighting political and criminal corruption, is determined to bring Junior down at all costs, and Puente hopes that her efforts, and the utilization of Pescatore, will enable him to do this.

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Los Angeles Times

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Caballero's business interests have expanded far beyond smuggling people — not just Mexican nationals but OTMs (other than Mexicans) — and dope north from Mexico and receiving guns and cash flowing south from the U.S. all the way to the lawless intersection of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.

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Dallas News

Sebastian Rotella, a journalist who has won prizes and published one nonfiction book that covers the same region as the main setting of this novel (Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border), has crossed into the realm of fiction to tell a devastating tale of drug traff...

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Bookmarks Magazine

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 ...

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The Christian Manifesto

Rotella’s journalistic experience combined with vivid descriptions and realistic character insight made for an exceptionally fun book to read while giving the reader a clearer image of the political and social issues which hinder law enforcement on both sides of the border.

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