Books by Sebastian Rotella

RIP CREW by Sebastian Rotella
Released: March 13, 2018

"Rotella's latest is a tense, gritty thriller—perfectly seedy when it needs to be and near-perfect in its overall execution."
Valentine Pescatore, a private investigator working under contract to Homeland Security, teams with sometime cop, sometime crusading journalist Leo Méndez to penetrate the conspiracy surrounding the killing of 10 African women in a Mexican motel. Read full book review >
THE CONVERT'S SONG by Sebastian Rotella
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Rotella serves up international intrigue with a delectable twist."
Former Border Agent Valentine Pescatore, now working as a private investigator in Argentina following his undercover misadventures in Triple Crossing (2011), has his life thrown further into chaos following a terrorist attack in Buenos Aires.Read full book review >
TRIPLE CROSSING by Sebastian Rotella
Released: Aug. 10, 2011

"A fast-paced thriller that rings true to the real story behind the political posturing over the drug war, illegal immigration and border security."
In his fiction debut, Rotella (Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the Mexican Border, 1998) draws a crime novel from the chaotic cauldron of the U.S.-Mexican border. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Rotella, the Los Angeles Times bureau chief for South America, tells his alarming story of drug lords' domination of the US/Mexico border region by focusing on the frustrations and martyrdom of Mexican reformers. Mexico's marijuana and cocaine smuggling rings are flourishing and expanding into other kinds of criminal activity. A US crackdown on illegal immigrant entries along the border has allowed crime syndicates to triple the price of a guided border crossing, while would-be migrants are more exposed to theft and death during their journey. Money buys power, and with all this new cash, the influence of Mexico's organized crime families is expanding at a frightening rate. When drug lords do get arrested, Rotella suggests, it's only because police are acting at the request of a rival mob. Meanwhile, a string of assassinations goes unsolved. Rotella takes a look at the conspiracy theories surrounding the 1994 murders of Cardinal Juan JÇsus Posadas Ocampo and presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio, and suggests that the whole truth may never be known. Perhaps more disturbing is the mounting list of other assassinations—of those judicial reformers who were clearly killed because they couldn't be bought off. The reformist with a pragmatic approach is likely to survive the longest in this staggeringly corrupt political and judicial system, it would seem, and Rotella finds such a pragmatist in Duarte, a prison warden who cautiously negotiates with gangsters to replace their lavish prison condominiums with a rehabilitation training center. Yet like the brash police chief, the crusading prosecutor, and other agents of positive change whom Rotella profiles, Duarte too is eventually shot in a gangland-style assassination. Rotella admits that he and the many experts on the drug crisis quoted here are at a loss for solutions. But he makes it clear that Mexico's transition to greater electoral democracy will be threatened if more heroes don't step forward. Read full book review >