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Sebastian Rotella is an author and award-winning senior reporter for ProPublica, covering issues including international terrorism, organized crime, homeland security and immigration. Previously he spent 23 years working for the Los Angeles Times. He was a Pulitzer finalist in international reporting in 2006. He is also the author of the novel TRIPLE CROSSING and a work of non-fiction, Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
After a hazardous stint in U.S. law enforcement, Valentine Pescatore is trying to start over in Buenos Aires. But everything changes when an old friend reappears - just before a terrorist attack. A call placed to Pescatore's phone makes him a suspect, and he knows there is only one possible connection. To clear his name, he must join agents from three countries to track the suspected terrorist who was once his closest confidant. From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris, from the mansions of the Spanish Riviera to the compounds of Baghdad, THE CONVERT'S SONG leads Pescatore on a high-speed chase to stop the deadly convert before he strikes again.
Valentine Pescatore has put a hazardous life in US law enforcement behind him, and started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. But dangers have followed him from home. Soon after a chance encounter with his long-lost friend Raymond - a charismatic, troubled man who's recently converted to Islam - a terrorist attack kills hundreds. Suspicion falls on Raymond...putting Pescatore in the frame too. Angry and betrayed, Pescatore joins forces with a beautiful French agent to clear his name by tracking his old friend down. But is Raymond a terrorist, a spy or a gangster? Is he truly lost, or can Pescatore rescue him from the deadly path he's travelling on? From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris to the battlegrounds of Baghdad, Pescatore finds himself caught in a global conspiracy, in a race against time to prevent another atrocity.
Maverick agent Valentine Pescatore is back and investigating a brutal killing that leads him across borders and reveals a vast conspiracy of wealth and power terrifyingly close to home. Valentine Pescatore, the former U.S. agent, finds himself back on American soil, investigating the merciless killing of a group of women in a motel room. At first, the crime seems to be a straightforward case of gangsters battling for territory. Soon, however, the motive is revealed to be much deeper and more sinister: a single witness who knows too much is being hunted. From an author who has been praised for his pounding action scenes [and] ferocious prose style (Marilyn Stasio, NYTBR), RIP CREW races at breakneck speed as Pescatore finds himself face-to-face with his most terrifying assignment yet.
The US-Mexico border is a smuggler's paradise. For Valentine Pescatore, a US border agent trying to hold back the tide of drugs, money, guns and people, it feels more like hell. But when he gets in trouble and is recruited by federal investigator Isabel Puente to go undercover, he realises things can always get worse. In Tijuana, Mexican anti-corruption chief Leo Mendez has made enemies on both sides of the law. Pescatore could be an ally. But in a world built on lies, how does anyone know who to trust? As violence escalates, the answer comes in bloodshed and betrayal.
The harrowing and heartrending story of Guatemala's Dos Erres massacre, and the survivors whose lives were forever changed by it In 1982, at the height of Guatemala's civil war, twenty soldiers from the army's commando unit, called the Kaibiles, invaded the farming village of Dos Erres. Masquerading as leftist guerillas, the squad members cut their way through the small town, killing more than 250 men, women, and children. Only a handful of people survived. One of them, a young boy, was adopted by Kaibil lieutenant Ramrez and raised by Ramrez's family, who named him Oscar. Just three years old at the time of the massacre, Oscar grew up unaware of his true origins. It wasn't until almost thirty years later, living in the suburbs of Boston with a family of his own, that Oscar would learn the truth.Drawn from interviews with massacre survivors, commandos-turned-protected witnesses, lawyers, and forensic anthropologists, Finding Oscar is a powerful, groundbreaking investigation into the Dos Erres massacre and its aftermath. It is an unforgettable account of the secret abductions of Dos Erres survivors, the mission to bring the perpetrators to justice, and the courage of the Guatemalan people.This ebook contains content not available anywhere else. Additional features include: A preface by Sebastian Rotella An afterword by acclaimed author Francisco GoldmanOscar's story is also featured on the May 25, 2012, episode of This American Life, available for download at www.thisamericanlife.org. A slide show, timeline, and details about how this story was reported can be found at www.propublica.org.
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 "e;triple border"e; 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.