Triple Crossing: A Novel

Triple Crossing: A Novel

by Sebastian Rotella

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316175463
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 08/10/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 727,476
File size: 1 MB

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 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.

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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.

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Triple Crossing 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
In reading stories on the war on drugs, one always to wonder who is telling the truth. Corruption is rampant, deceit and betrayal part of daily life. Author Sebastain Rotella does an excellent job in creating believable characters and sending them about their various missions. He creates an undercover agent whose loyalties are quite questionable, and that keeps the story going while the various governments indulge in whatever suits them best. Not sure that Triple Crossing is the definitive novel on the drug trade- try The Power of the Dog for that.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Career Conditional Border Patrol agent Valentine Pescatore works the San Diego- Tijuana Line. He understands the rules, but cannot help feeling for some of the women and children caught in the righteous political anti-illegal immigration fever. In fact he has given money to some of those he arrested. Valentine's idealism clashes with his vicious supervisor Arleigh Garrison, who sees these illegal "animals" as sport. During a stoppage, Valentine notice notorious human-drug smuggler Pulp escaping. He follows the nasty supplier into Tijuana, violating the treaty and the laws of both countries. Federal Agent Isabel Puente finds Valentine on the wrong side of the border and the law. She recruits him by blackmailing him to go undercover inside a particularly nasty Mexican mafia family. As he falls in love with his puppeteer, Valentine becomes a double agent working the lethal South American "triple border" crossing. Reporter Sebastian Rotella pulls no punches in this dark look at working undercover amongst extremely dangerous people. The story line is action-packed while containing a strong cast and not just the three above as for instance Mexican official Mendez diligently works anti-corruption in Tijuana. Except for the suits who use the illegal immigration issue as a tough on crime vote getter, readers will appreciate the dangerous rest of the story. Harriet Klausner
AnnieMod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very slow start - to the point where I spend probably a week reading the first 100 pages (or so). And then finished it in one night. Once the story picks up, it actually works quite well. I usually do not have issues with slow starts - I am patient enough in my reading. But I need to see the building of the story at least getting started. Here the first pages could not keep my attention... or make me want to finish the book. The only reason I actually finished it was that I liked the premise... and at one point I actually wanted to see how bad this idea can be mishandled by the author. Thankfully it turned out that the book is not bad at all. Meet Valentine. He works on the border between USA and Mexico (on the California side) and he tries to be as honest as he can. Except that everyone around him is corrupt and ready to do the worst possible things for money. And one day Valentine slips - not for money, not to impress someone - his moral compass simply does not allow him to let something go. The biggest problem of course is that he gets caught... and in order to keep himself out of jail, he makes a deal to get integrated into a Mexican drug cartel. That's the point where the story gets a bit unbelievable - the person that proposes the deal falls in love with our young hero almost immediately. Having a beautiful woman running the whole thing might happen; having her actually fall in love that easy was a stretch. Especially when this becomes important for the plot. But if someone can overlook this and chalk it down to coincidences, the story can work. And the story from that point forward is as fast paced as the whole novel should have been -- Valentine is in Mexico, the US and the Mexican authorities go from trustung him to distrusting him and back a few times; same happens with the cartel owners.The novel is full with border scenes - both from the Mexican/American border and from the Triple Border in South America. The name of the novel is a play on both the borders crossings and the betrayals between people. And Rotella knows what he is writing about - he had been a journalist at the border for a long time.The book has its strong moments and once it gets going, it is enjoyable (if someone is ready to close an eye in some cases). I liked the author style (for the most part) and considering that this was his first fiction book, some of the problems are understandable.3.5 stars out of 5 for the book and I just found one more author to keep an eye on.... and I think I will be looking up his non-fiction book as well.
MonicaLynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
psychdoc66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written and interesting book. I gained a much better understanding of what occurs around the US/Mexican border.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
etsmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A bracing and well-written novel with the international drug trade and police corruption as a backdrop. Rotella is an LA Times reporter who has covered this territory in nonfiction. The writing is outstanding, the plot exciting and the scene settings realistic. Sometimes it takes a novel to tell the truth.
norinrad10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's always interesting when a writer can take a part of your own country and tell a story that makes it sound like a foreign country. Triple Crossing starts off on the border of California and then proceeds to cross borders all the way to Paraguay. It tells the story of a border agent who gets caught up in a undercover operation against a cartel. It'll make you take a deeper look at a world you think you know. Strongly recommend.
maneekuhi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Triple Crossing is about Mexico, drugs, corrupt police, and the initial focus is The Line between San Diego and Tijuana. Valentin is a young Border Patrol agent whose boss, Garrison, appears to be very dirty. One night Valentin chases after a criminal into Mexico, crossing The Line, and putting the organization at risk of involvement in yet another international incident. On the one hand, V is reprimanded for his unthinking behavior, and at the same time he is recruited to do uncover work that targets his boss. There are some incredible scenes of border murders, execution of a public leader and jailhouse happenings that would not be credible save for newspaper reports in the last few years of similar and in some cases even more spectacular events. Later in the story, following Valentine's somewhat incredulous rise within a top drug cartel, the action shifts to a common border shared by Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. At this point it becomes clear that there is police corruption on both sides of the border, with perhaps 5% of the US side being corrupt and 5% of the Mexican side being honest. In the end the good guys win but it seems to be a temporary win with the jury still out on who the long term winners will be. Given books like this one and Don Winslow's Power of the Dog, and all the newspaper stories mentioned above, it would seem one would have to be somewhat foolhardy to spend any significant time south of the border. While some aspects of the novel seem to be a stretch, the basic premise and themes of Triple Crossing seem to be right on. Highly recommended, a 4.5, August 21.
tomray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Received this book as a Early Reviewer.It took me a while to get into this book but once I got half way through it got better & better.First book I've read about AMEX border but in the end it was very enjoyable.Another author to read.
Nebraska_Girl1971 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by saying that this book was an interesting book. It did take me awhile to track the different characters in the book and whether they were a "good guy" or "bad guy" or somewhere in between. The author also used spanish in the text, so there were parts in the book I would have to guess as to what was beening said. The book was fast-moving and did hold my interest; however, I believe that a guy would enjoy this book a lot more then a girl.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel was so slow to start that I nearly gave up as several other reviewers have noted. It was painfully obvious that Rotella's journalistic background was controlling the story because so much detail was crammed into the first two or three chapters that I felt as if I was reading a Times story on the US/Mexican border crossing and the corruption that permeates the system. However, about the time border agent Valentine Pescatore is forced to cross the border into Tijuana to seek shelter with a drug honcho, with a dying team leader in the car, the story went into high gear. There's a lot of messy drug cartel substories woven together with a love triangle, together with political agendas mixed with international smuggling, all wrapped up in this story. It started slow but ended pretty well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hesrd about this on npr and am glad I did. Good story and likable characters. Just got the second and looking forward to it. Enjoy...Russ
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