The Best Bad Things

The Best Bad Things

Book - 2018 | First edition.
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It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency--but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man--Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring.When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma is tasked with tracking the thief and recovering the drugs. In disguise as the scrappy dockworker Jack Camp, this should be easy--once she muscles her way into the local organization, wins the trust of the magnetic local boss and his boys, discovers the turncoat, and keeps them all from uncovering her secrets. All this, while sending coded dispatches to the circling Pinkerton agents to keep them from closing in.Alma's enjoying her dangerous game of shifting identities and double crosses as she fights for a promotion and an invitation back into Delphine's bed. But it's getting harder and harder to keep her cover stories straight and to know whom to trust. One wrong move and she could be unmasked: as a woman, as a traitor, or as a spy.A propulsive, sensual tour de force, The Best Bad Things introduces Katrina Carrasco, a bold new voice in crime fiction.
Publisher: New York : MCD, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374123697
0374123691
Branch Call Number: FIC Carra
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 24 cm

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Lirael
Feb 20, 2019

Loved the historical detail and setting of Port Townsend, WA, as well as Alma Rosales, the main character. Their switch between female and male personas and how they use this talent to survive in a town booming with shipping and the opium trade kept me reading late into the night.

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