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Title:
The convert's song : a novel
Author:
Rotella, Sebastian, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Mulholland Books/Little Brown and Company, 2014.
Physical Description:
324 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"A global manhunt sweeps up a former federal agent when his childhood friend becomes the chief suspect in a terrorist rampage. His hazardous stint in U.S. law enforcement behind him, Valentine Pescatore has started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. Then he runs into a long-lost friend: Raymond Mercer, a charismatic, troubled singer who has converted to Islam. After a terrorist attack kills hundreds, suspicion falls on Raymond--and Pescatore. Angry and bewildered, Pescatore joins forces with Fatima Belhaj, an alluring French agent. They pursue the enigmatic Raymond into a global labyrinth of intrigue. Is he a terrorist, a gangster, a spy? Is his loyalty to Pescatore genuine, or just another lethal scam? From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris to the battlegrounds of Baghdad, THE CONVERT'S SONG leads Pescatore on a race to stop a high-stakes campaign of terror. "--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316324694
Format :
Book

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A global manhunt sweeps up a former federal agent when his childhood friend becomes the chief suspect in a terrorist rampage.

His hazardous stint in U.S. law enforcement behind him, Valentine Pescatore has started over as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. Then he runs into a long-lost friend: Raymond Mercer, a charismatic, troubled singer who has converted to Islam. After a terrorist attack kills hundreds, suspicion falls on Raymond---and Pescatore.

Angry and bewildered, Pescatore joins forces with Fatima Belhaj, an alluring French agent. They pursue the enigmatic Raymond into a global labyrinth of intrigue. Is he a terrorist, a gangster, a spy? Is his loyalty to Pescatore genuine, or just another lethal scam?

From the jungles of South America to the streets of Paris to the battlegrounds of Baghdad, THE CONVERT'S SONG leads Pescatore on a race to stop a high-stakes campaign of terror.


Author Notes

Sebastian Rotella is the author of Triple Crossing, which the New York Times Book Review named its favorite debut crime novel of 2011, and the nonfiction book Twilight on the Line. He is a senior reporter for ProPublica, a newsroom dedicated to investigative journalism in the public interest. He covers international security issues. He worked for twenty-three years for the Los Angeles Times, serving as bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires and the correspondent at the Mexican border. His honors include a Peabody Award; Columbia University's Dart Award and Moors Cabot Prize for Latin American coverage; the German Marshall Fund's Weitz Prize for reporting in Europe; five Overseas Press Club Awards; The Urbino Prize of Italy, and an Emmy nomination. He was a Pulitzer finalist for international reporting in 2006.


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Booklist Review

Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Valentine Pescatore has relocated to Buenos Aires and found work as a private investigator. He's learning to love the city and trying to forget the dangerous undercover work he did on the U.S.-Mexican border until a boyhood friend from Chicago, Raymond Mercer, appears. Terrorists attack a shopping center in the city, killing hundreds, and, in the immediate aftermath, Raymond and Valentine both become suspects. Raymond disappears as abruptly as he appeared, and Pescatore reluctantly suspects that his oldest friend may have planned the attack. Trying to find Raymond takes him to the jungles of Bolivia and to France, Spain, and, finally, into Iraq, often in the company of Fatima Belhaj, a beautiful French counterterrorism official. Rotella's second Valentine novel (Triple Crossing, 2011) is a propulsive thriller filled with action, vividly drawn characters, delightful insights into locales, and persuasive speculations about the stunningly complex web of alliances and enmities that aid and/or degrade the efforts of the world's terrorists and drug traffickers. And throughout the book, nearly page-by-page, is the growing sense that Rotella, a working journalist, really knows what he is writing about.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Valentine Pescatore, the hero of Rotella's excellent second thriller, left his job as a U.S. Border Patrol agent to become a PI in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There he runs into Raymond Mercer, his former best friend, whom he hasn't heard from since they were teenagers in Chicago. A charming, failed singer, Raymond has converted to Islam, but is vague about what he does for a living. When hundreds are killed in a terrorist attack at a shopping mall near the city's garment district, the authorities suspect that Raymond and Valentine committed the crime. To clear his name, Valentine works with French agent Fatima Belhaj to pursue Raymond across the globe, from South American jungles to Paris and Baghdad. Valentine realizes how little he knows about his former friend. Is Raymond a terrorist or an informant, a spy or a scam artist? Rotella (Triple Crossing) ratchets up the action with an absorbing look at international politics. Agent: Bonnie Nadell, Hill Nadell Literary Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.