Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo Pérez-Reverte does.
Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as
the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global best
seller, he is one of the most admired and widely read authors in the
world. And his stunning new novel is his best yet.
A remarkable tale, The Queen of the South
spans continents, from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling
waters off the coast of Morocco, to Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. A
sweeping story set to the irresistible beat of the drug smugglers'
ballads, it encompasses sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, as
its heroine's story unfolds.
Teresa Mendoza’s boyfriend is a drug
smuggler who the narcos of Sinaloa, Mexico, call “the king of the short
runway”, because he can get a plane full of coke off the ground in 300
yards. But in a ruthless business, life can be short, and Teresa even
has a special cell phone that Guero gave her along with a dark warning.
If that phone rings, it means he’s dead, and she’d better run, because
they’re coming for her next.
Then the call comes.
to survive, she will have to say goodbye to the old Teresa, an innocent
girl who once entrusted her life to a drug smuggler. She will have to
find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as
ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos, a woman she never before knew
existed. Indeed, the woman who emerges will surprise even those who know
her legend, that of the Queen of the South.
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