Triple Crossing By Sebastian Rotella: Book Review

Aug 29, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Books & Tales, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Terell Byrd

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Sebastian Rotella is an award winning journalist with long term experience covering Latin America and stories on international borders. Triple Crossing is his first novel but will not be the last. Rotella brings immediacy and realism to this story of crime, corruption and the people who fight the very real forces of evil in our hemisphere.

Valentine Pescatore, the main character in this book, fell into questionable company in his home town of Chicago. He has been given a chance to change course and make a career as a Border Patrol Agent. After probation, he spends his free time drinking or recovering from the latest binge. At night he works The Line–the most active section of the U.S. Border between Tijuana and San Diego. The Line has become a battle zone–a surreal hell of smugglers, drugs, terrorism and the pathos of the poor trying to survive.

Pescatore makes a disastrous mistake and is recruited to be an internal informant on his unit of the Border Patrol. What starts as reporting on his coworkers morphs into undercover work deep inside a Mexican crime family. The story rushes back and forth across international borders, not only the Mexican/American border but the triple borders of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Murder, betrayal and adrenaline power the story to a realistic but satisfying ending.

In this book there are fascinating portraits of villains and saints who have all the faults and heroism of real people. It has the feel of front page headlines but genuine heart and compassion for those on both sides of the border who fight for what is right.

I was very impressed by the book. The twists and turns in the story are unexpected. Real problems are presented here without the slick pat answers that episodic television provides. Most importantly the novel emphasizes the importance of fighting the good fight, regardless of the personal cost. This is an exciting and rewarding volume – don’t miss it!

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Terell Byrd is a native Fresnan, who was born, raised, & educated locally. She graduated from Fresno Pacific with a B.A. in Classical Studies & Psychology. In the course of a mad gypsy life, she has taken classes in Electrical Engineering, broken into bank vaults at night & worked as a Tax Examiner for the IRS. She now lives quietly, with more cats than she admits to, spending her free time doing accounting.

1 Comment

  1. 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.


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