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Death Rattle

A Novel

by (author) Alex Gilly

Initial publish date
Apr 2021
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2021
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Every life has its price... Alex Gilly'sDeath Rattle is a timely thriller for fans of Don Winslow'sThe Border
When Carmen Vega's boyfriend tries to kill her, she hands over all her savings to a smuggler and sets out from Tijuana in a small, leaky boat. Within sight of the California coast, the boat starts to sink, and its passengers are rescued by border patrol.
Soon, Carmen turns up dead in a privately-operated Migrant Detention Center. Neither Nick Finn, the officer who saved Carmen from drowning, nor his wife, human-rights lawyer Mona Jimenez, are satisfied with the prison's account of what happened to Carmen.
Trouble is, the company that runs the prison is on the verge of signing a billion-dollar procurement contract with Homeland Security. And there are people in this world for whom a billion dollars is worth a lot more than one human life. Or even three.

About the author

Contributor Notes

ALEX GILLY is a writer and translator who was born in New York City and has lived in Australia, Canada, France, California, and the UK.Devil's Harbor was his first novel. He currently lives in Sydney with his family.

Editorial Reviews

Praise forDeath Rattle:
“What’s a border noir mystery without vicious drug cartels and desperate illegal migrants? Alex Gilly obligingly provides those joys inDeath Rattle which is set in a town on the California-Mexico border laughably named Paradise.”—New York Times Book Review
“Impressive....will keep readers turning the pages. Thriller fans will want to see more of Nick.”—Publishers Weekly
Praise forDevil's Harbor:
“You're there, amidst the action, feeling, hearing, even smelling the tension. This is one of those labyrinths of mystery readers crave.”—Steve Berry
“[A] thrill-a-moment first novel…The ending is an unexpected nail-bitter that crackles with tension. Readers will look forward to seeing more of Nick.”—Publishers Weekly
“Buy it! Recommend it! The writing is exuberant yet controlled, the plot is twisty and devious yet easily tracked, the characters are freshly imagined… the revelations are startling.”—Booklist,starred review

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