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Author: Sebastian Rotella Narrator: Sebastian Rotella Publisher: Mulholland Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781478927075
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A global manhunt sweeps up a former federal agent when his childhood friend becomes the chief suspect in a terrorist rampage. His hazardous stint in U.S. law enforcement behind him, Valentine Pescatore has started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. Then he runs into a long-lost friend: Raymond Mercer, a charismatic, troubled singer who has converted to Islam. After a terrorist attack kills hundreds, suspicion falls on Raymond -- and Pescatore. Angry and bewildered, Pescatore joins forces with Fatima Belhaj, an alluring French agent. They pursue the enigmatic Raymond into a global labyrinth of intrigue. Is he a terrorist, a gangster, a spy? Is his loyalty to Pescatore genuine, or just another lethal scam? From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris to the battlegrounds of Baghdad, The Convert's Song leads Pescatore on a race to stop a high-stakes campaign of terror.

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  • “The Convert’s Song is that rare thing, a rousing thriller with heart and heartbreak…An affecting drama of human ties, raising big themes of loyalty, obligation, loss and love…[Rotella’s] prose is vivid and precise, his sense of setting sharply illuminating…He’s also a thoughtful writer, treating the loaded topic of Islamic terrorism with commendable subtlety…A skillfully layered thriller.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “I read like a zealot, following Valentine as fast as I could into the thick of Argentina’s criminal justice system and into the thicket of international terror…The story got me in a choke hold as the characters grew more and more complex and Rotella’s style thickened and boiled and bubbled.”


  • “Excellent…Rotella ratchets up the action with an absorbing look at international politics.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sebastian Rotella is an author who skillfully narrates his own work…Rotella’s gruff voice is perfect for the officials who interrogate Pescatore, convinced that he’s the mastermind behind the bombing. Rotella also makes Pescatore’s shock and disbelief fully believable when he learns his friend is a recent convert to Muslim jihadism. Managing French, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern accents with seeming ease, Rotella compellingly delivers all the intrigue, and even some romance.”


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About the Author

Sebastian Rotella is the author of The Convert’s Song and Triple Crossing, which the New York Times Book Review named its favorite debut crime novel of 2011, as well as the nonfiction book Twilight on the Line. He is a senior reporter covering international security issues for ProPublica, a newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest. He worked for twenty-three years for the Los Angeles Times, serving as bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires. His honors include a Peabody Award, Columbia University’s Dart Award and Moors Cabot Prize for Latin American coverage, the German Marshall Fund’s Weitz Prize for reporting in Europe, five Overseas Press Club Awards, The Urbino Prize of Italy, and an Emmy nomination. He was a Pulitzer finalist for international reporting in 2006.