The critically acclaimed, beloved, and bestselling author
of The Club Dumas and The Nautical Chart delivers his most
magniŢcent 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 South spans 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.