In Death Rattle, Finn and Mona are a team in their marriage—but not at work. Finn is a border control agent patroling the Pacific Ocean off Orange County, California. Mona is an attorney at a non-profit that provides free legal services to illegal aliens caught crossing the Mexican border. However, when Finn saves a woman using a boat to enter California, he asks Mona to review her case.
The woman, Carmen, was dating an enforcer for a drug cartel. When she had tried to run away before, he burned her breasts with battery acid. This time, she knows he will kill her. Can Mona get her asylum in the US?
In the meantime, Finn is suspicious of the Riverside spotting team. They haven’t spotted any drug dealers in quite awhile. Instead, Finn’s boat has only been chasing illegals. When Finn gets temporarily assigned to Riverside, he decides to find out what is going on.
I loved the exhilarating scenes when Finn and his crew were chasing the bad guys on the ocean. However, most of the book is a combination of US corruption, Mexican narco gangs, and a legal thriller. Death Rattle is highly recommended for fans of those genres. 4 stars!
Note: I live in California so, of course, I understand Spanish. If you don’t, I recommend that you read this on an e-reader. Some of the Spanish sentences are not translated in the text. Most e-readers will translate words if you highlight them.
Thanks to Forge Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.