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Pascual Rose is back—and this time the lives of his wife and son hang in the balance.
Years ago, Rose put his life as a terrorist behind him. He sold out his colleagues for a new identity and low profile in Barcelona. All was quiet until he received a midnight text: Come join us on the terrace.
The stakes are high: if he fails, it will cost him his family; if he succeeds, one million euros will buy a lot more than translation piecework will. But the money-laundering scheme involves a nexus of diverted revenues, shell companies and cryptocurrencies, peopled by shadowy benefactors, Russian mobsters, German intelligence agents, and a mysterious woman with a chilling warning: Get out before it’s too late.
Rose races against time, navigating twists and turns and mortal danger knowing no one can be trusted and nothing is happenstance. Can he uncover who is behind the operation that has the potential to destroy entire governments and global financial markets before he loses everything?
DOMINIC MARTELL, who has worked as a teacher and translator, was born in the United States and has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. His first three novels featuring repentant ex-terrorist Pascual Rose appeared in the 1990s, chronicling Pascual’s quest for atonement in the chaotic post-Cold War years. A quarter of a century later, in the post-9/11 world, Martell decided to bring Rose out of retirement. Kill Chain is the first 21st-century misadventure of Pascual Rose.
Praise for Dominic Martell
and the Pascual Series
“A superbly crafted story, with plenty of action, danger, and suspense. … Martell juxtaposes ruthless violence and dark passion against the question of what constitutes morality and ‘goodness.’”
—Booklist starred review of Lying Crying Dying
“Dark and bloody as it is, this is spy fiction of the highest order, with atmospheric backgrounds for a plot that ratchets up suspense with each twist and turn and a splendidly complex protagonist, who takes great risks and bluffs his way to the end.”
—Booklist starred review of Republic of Night
“Beautifully plotted and written. … I've rarely read a book with a stronger and more persuasive sense of place. … There isn't a character in the book who doesn't leap off the page.”
—Patricia Abbott, award-winning author
of I Bring Sorrow, on Gitana
“Looking to be transported to another time and place? Want to stay up deep into the night wondering how the hell Pascual is going to get out of this one? You can’t go wrong with Martell.”
—J. Sydney Jones, author of the critically acclaimed Viennese Mystery series
“Martell brings Pascual into the 21st century—older and wiser yet once again coerced into international skulduggery at the peril of exposure for the sins of his past. This time, he’s party to a money-laundering scheme, jet setting from one tax haven to another, at every turn trying to stay one step ahead of his handlers, sensing they will soon have little need of him and his unique ‘qualifications’ for the job—and that what he knows will become a fatal liability.”
—BookTrib review of Kill Chain