The Queen of the South

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 1, 2005 - Detective and mystery stories - 528 pages
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Spanning continents and decades and encompassing sensuality, cruelty, treachery and corruption, this is Perez-Reverte's most remarkable novel to date Guero Davila is a pilot engaged in drug-smuggling for the local cartels. Teresa Mendoza is his girlfriend, a typical narco's morra, quiet, doting, submissive. But then Guero's caught playing both sides and in Sinaloa that means death. Teresa is alone, terrified, friendless and running to save her life, carrying nothing but a gym bag containing a pistol and a notebook that she has been forbidden to read. Forced to leave Mexico, she flees to the Spanish city of Melilla where she meets Santiago Fisterra, a Galician involved in trafficking hashhish across the Strait of Gibraltar. When Santiago's partner is captured, it is Teresa who steps in to take his place. Now Teresa has plunged into the dark and ugly world that once claimed Guero's life - and she's about to get in deeper...

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Reverte's writing is riveting. - LibraryThing
But then the pace slows to a crawl. - LibraryThing
The writing is solid but drones on at times. - LibraryThing

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Teresa Mendoza's boyfriend has told her that if the phone "...ever rings, it’s because I’m dead. So run. As far and as fast as you can, prietita…” Running drugs is a dangerous business. Teresa runs ... Read full review

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I read this book shortly after it was published. It was a deliriously good book to read until I got to the ending and the shootout with the Mexican army. I remember thinking it an outrageous idea any ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

Born in Cartagena, Spain, Arturo Pérez-Reverte is the internationally acclaimed author of The Flanders Panel, The Dumas Club, The Seville Communion, The Fencing Master, and The Nautical Chart. In 2002 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy.

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