The Convert's Song
Mulholland Books/Little, Brown, Dec 9 2014, $26.00
Having worked the dangerous crossing between San Diego and Tijuana as a U.S. Border Patrol field operative (see Triple Crossing) Valentine Pescatore quit to begin a less harrowing job as a private investigator in Buenos Aires. To Pescatore’s delightful surprise, he meets his at one time BFF Raymond Mercer the singer who he has not seen in a decade since their teen years in Chicago. Shocking the P.I. is his buddy cleaned up his act when he became a Muslim.
Not long afterward, terrorists kill hundreds at the El Amacen mall in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood. The Buenos Aires police suspect Mercer and Pescatore were the keys behind the highly complex assault. While Mercer has vanished, Pescatore teams up with French agent Fatima Belhaj in pursuit that eventually leads to Western Europe.
The second Pescatore intrigue is a great action-packed suspense that entertains throughout yet also enables the audience to better understand the diverse variety of terrorists and their overall impact on international relations and politics. Fast-paced from the moment Mercer says hi to the final confrontation yet filled with graveyard humor and musicology in which both enrich the outstanding storyline, The Convert’s Song will be on the short lists as a top five espionage thriller of 2014.