The Queen of the South

The Queen of the South

Book - 2004
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The critically acclaimed, beloved, and bestselling author of The Club Dumasand The Nautical Chartdelivers his most magniÞcent novel to date. Few authors inspire the kind of passion that Arturo Pérez-Reverte does. Reviewers, readers, and booksellers alike have embraced his fiction as the perfect blend of suspense and literary ambition. A global bestseller, he is one of the most admired and widely read authors in the world. And his stunning new novel is his best yet. A remarkable tale, The Queen of the Southspans continents, from the dusty streets of Mexico to the sparkling waters off the coast of Morocco, to Spain and the Strait of Gibraltar. A sweeping story set to the irresistible beat of the drug smugglers' ballads, it encompasses sensuality and cruelty, love and betrayal, as its heroine's story unfolds. Teresa Mendoza's boyfriend is a drug smuggler who the narcos of Sinaloa, Mexico, call "the king of the short runway," because he can get a plane full of coke off the ground in three hundred yards. But in a ruthless business, life can be short, and Teresa even has a special cell phone that Guero gave her along with a dark warning. If that phone rings, it means he's dead, and she'd better run, because they're coming for her next. Then the call comes. In order to survive, she will have to say goodbye to the old Teresa, an innocent girl who once entrusted her life to a pinche narco smuggler. She will have to find inside herself a woman who is tough enough to inhabit a world as ugly and dangerous as that of the narcos-a woman she never before knew existed. Indeed, the woman who emerges will surprise even those who know her legend, that of the Queen of the South.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2004], ©2004
ISBN: 9780399151859
Branch Call Number: FICTION Per
Description: 436 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 27, 2019

Such a wealth of the nuggets I seek in international crime: distant cultures, unusual characters, gifted translators...alas I finally had to set it aside. How do you ignore the narrator's voice? How can a novel built around a paean to an illusive woman operating on hostile shores be so gender demeaning? Even worse is the investigator's reliance on the very networks of compadre connections that sought to hold back our hero back. It just didn't ring true even as the plot pulled me forward. I made it about 140 pages into a 434 page work. Even as I sighed putting it aside I felt relieved letting it go.

Apr 05, 2016

The best kind of novel. Character, setting, plot are all there, can't put it down. A story of a survivor, and sometimes it ain't pretty. Hightly recommend it.

Jul 04, 2013

This is the first novel of Perez-Reverte's that I have read and I was captivated. His research, depth of character development, plot lines, and detail made this book hard to put down. By the end of this novel I knew a lot about the drug cartels in Mexico, Spain, Morocco, and also the human side of that life path. What a writer!

Feb 16, 2011

I loved this! Vivid characters, a complex and non-predictable plot, multiple countries and decades, and questionable morals all make this a book I couldn't put down.

Aug 12, 2010

I haven't read this translation, but the original was one of the best books I read all last year. Gripping, insightful, and, most important of all, plausible. ¡A disfrutar!


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