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Author: Patrick Hasburgh Narrator: Charlie Thurston Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780062848741
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From 21-Jump Street writer and series creator Patrick Hasburgh, a part thriller, part family novel about an ex-pat American living and surfing in Mexico, the family he loves, and the murder he witnesses, in the vein of Don Winslow’s The Dawn Patrol

In a former life, Nick Lutz, sold cars in the Golden State. He had a wife and a young son, Marshall, and they struggled along until Nick was shot in the head when a potential customer hijacked the car he was demonstrating. The incident sets off a bad-luck domino fall, and he loses an eye, his job, his family, and, eventually, his self-respect.

With nothing left, he heads for Mexico, where he sheds his former self among an eclectic group of expats and locals, who fondly name him “Pirata” on account of his eye patch. There on the beaches of Sabinita, Nick and his new buddy Winsor drink, surf, and—most of all—they escape, buoyed away from their pasts on a life of south swells and Tecate. Nothing epic. That is until Winsor’s girlfriend, Meagan, puts the claws of a hammer into her lover’s skull.

The thing is, Winsor had it coming. And thanks to Nick’s soft spot for Meagan and her two sons, he agrees to help her out—after all, ninety percent of Mexican crimes go unsolved. They dump the body, Meagan and the boys move in with Nick, and a monsoon season fling turns into a torrid love affair as they weave their secrets and loyalties into something like a family. But when an FBI agent turns up looking for Nick and the local policía find a body washed up in the surf, he realizes his past—and his sins—have caught up to him. And there are dangerous new surprises that have yet to roll in with the tide …

A gifted storyteller, Hasburgh drops readers into the middle of a gripping, heartwarming, viscerally compelling page-turner. At once tender and deadly hysterical, Pirata is a novel readers won’t soon forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s rare to find a novel that’s so harrowing, funny, and touching at the same time, but Patrick Hasburgh somehow pulls it off. His surf-bum narrator is a new classic.”

    Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author

  • “[A] thoughtful thriller…Hasburgh tells a moving human story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Compellingly written…Surfing and crime have come together before, most notably in Kem Nunn’s cult classic Tapping the Source and in Don Winslow’s The Dawn Patrol and The Gentleman’s Hour, but Hasburgh ups the ante.”


  • “The story is a good one, with adult emotions and the appeal of a flawed man trying to use his experience and what little he can claim in the way of wisdom to protect vulnerable people from the hurt that’s been inflicted on them…An affecting read.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fueled by equal parts humor and suspense, Pirata makes for a fast and satisfying read.”

    Kem Nunn, author of Tapping the Source

  • “There’s an authenticity that can only come from really living among and in the lives of your characters. Hasburgh paddles us into the fresh yet classic world of Pirata, and sets us up squarely to explore family, fatherhood, profound loss, and epic waves.”

    Peter Berg, Emmy Award–winning director of Friday Night Lights

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About the Author

Patrick Hasburgh is a former TV and film writer, producer, and director best known for 21 Jump Street and Aspen Extreme. Patrick left show business in 2000 to pursue backcountry skiing, warm ocean surfing, and writing fiction. His first novel was a finalist for the Shamus Award; Pirata is his second novel.

About the Narrator

Charlie Thurston is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University / Trinity Rep and has appeared on stages across the country with Trinity Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Creede Rep, and at Riverside Theatre and Redmoon Theater, among others. His favorite roles include Edgar in The Completely Fictional—Utterly True—Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen in The Long Christmas Ride Home, Tuzenbach in The Three Sisters, and Tony in You Can’t Take It with You.