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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Rotella Narrator: Frankie J. Alvarez Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2011 ISBN: 9781470802592
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A gritty, fast-paced thriller about the criminal underworld at work along both sides of the US-Mexico border and a young cop who goes undercover to bring it down

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 US 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 Méndez, chief of a Tijuana anticorruption 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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. It gives you all of that and much more. Sebastian Rotella takes you into a world you don’t know and it’s as real as any world you do. This is an important piece of work from an author whose voice should be heard.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “There have been many south-of-the-border / drug war novels, but this is the best one I’ve come across by a mile.”

    George Pelecanos, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Journalist Rotella explores the hot-button issue of immigration with its political, social, and emotional ramifications in his superb fiction debut…Unflinching views of a double agent’s harrowing life, a violence-drenched Mexican jail, and the wild border areas complement the provocative plot.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Reporter Rotella takes up crime fiction with energy and righteous indignation, plunging readers into the surreal three-ring circus along the border between Tijuana and San Diego…A strongly choreographed, authentically detailed, and sharply funny tale of cultural complexity and raging global criminality.”

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  • Triple Crossing…screams off the line like a big, mean, American hot rod. The author’s profound understanding of the many hidden worlds of the border and the surreal narco wars takes this thriller into the realms of nightmare and exquisite terror. You will know things you probably shouldn’t know when you’ve crossed the finish line, running sweat. This wild ride cannot be outrun.”

    Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North

  • “Sebastian Rotella brings a first-class journalist’s eye and judgment to bear on the twin catastrophes of our border politics and drug interdiction efforts. The result is a wild ride filled with cool inside information, sardonic social commentary, and surreal portraits of mendacity, stupidity, and ferocity. Triple Crossing is the best of both worlds: an intricate and compelling page-turner that’s a hugely important book, besides.”

    Jim Shepard, author of You Think That’s Bad

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Radinsky | 2/15/2014

    " A great story. This author is able to take authentic places, circumstances, dialects, and archetypal characters and blend them into a plausible, and exciting, story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica Skeens | 2/2/2014

    " This book has taken me forever truly to read. I had quite a bit of difficulty following along and getting through especially the first part of the book. The boarder patrol agent gets caught up in an undercover operation against a cartel and a little twist of romance in there. Like I said I had a difficult time reading this I don't know if its because of the way the author wrote or I just could not get into this book. I appreciate the chance to read and review even though it was not my most favorite read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/24/2014

    " Initially, I did not think this book would pass the 100 page test. I did not get a good impression from the first chapter, and indeed, I didn't really see anything to change my mind for the next few chapters. However, I completed the book without even realizing I intended to give up on it. So I guess this book gets better as it goes on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyneva | 1/17/2014

    " Won this book on Library Thing and I've found a new author to appreciate. This book held special interest for me because it details some of the violence/corruption at play in Mexico and Latin America - specifically with regard to the drug trade. Scary stuff. But this was a good read, with characters that felt real (with the exception of the female character Puente). Recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 1/16/2014

    " Fast paced look at corruption at the border, and an eye- opening view of how far it extends, who is affected, and how it works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/12/2014

    " A fast, exciting read about the narco trade south of the border written by a journalist who has covered the area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Feher | 12/1/2013

    " Gritty crime drama set on the Mexican border. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisse | 11/18/2013

    " Excellent book. It was very involved but kept me interested. Many twists and turns! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Cavosie | 11/4/2013

    " I really need to learn Spanish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 10/16/2013

    " Border Patrol agent Valentine Pescatore chases an illegal across the border and is forced to go under cover and inflitrate a Mexican gang. This is just the start of his troubles after he falls in love with his handler. Free copy for review purposes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate Hendrix | 10/10/2013

    " The hero is a border patrol agent who then gets mixed up with narco terrorists in mexico. A fun book to read. Many of the characters seem to switch sides and have questionable loyalty. I will be looking up other books this author has written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tong L. | 9/14/2012

    " Good international thriller. It was an easy read. Not in the same class as LeCarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cork Tarplee | 4/20/2012

    " A fast, engaging read. The hero is believable, the drugs and politics plausible, and the San Diego/Tijuana setting crisply rendered. Rotella is not the first to speculate about the vested interest of American politicians in drug trafficking and illegal immigration, but he continues the crusade well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/14/2011

    " Gritty crime drama set on the Mexican border. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 10/4/2011

    " A fast, exciting read about the narco trade south of the border written by a journalist who has covered the area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/8/2011

    " I really need to learn Spanish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick | 7/1/2011

    " Border Patrol agent Valentine Pescatore chases an illegal across the border and is forced to go under cover and inflitrate a Mexican gang. This is just the start of his troubles after he falls in love with his handler. "

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About the Author

Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning senior reporter for ProPublica, an independent organization dedicated to investigative journalism. He covers issues such as international terrorism, organized crime, homeland security, and immigration. Previously, he worked for twenty-three 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 US-Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1998.

About the Narrator

Frankie J. Alvarez is a film and television actor best known for his roles as a gangster or thug. He has appeared on such television shows as 24, CSI: Miami, and Entourage, among others.