Rip Crew is a taut, tense international thriller, filled with complex characters and gritty dialogue. Utterly riveting.”

–Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author of The Wife

Named One of the Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews

Sebastian Rotella

About Sebastian Rotella

Sebastian Rotella is the author of four critically acclaimed books: three novels and a work of non-fiction. His novels feature Valentine Pescatore, a U.S. Border Patrol agent who becomes an international private investigator. The series explores the global underworlds of organized crime, terrorism, espionage and migration, drawing on Sebastian’s years of experience as an award-winning journalist.

“Rotella knows how the police work, how the criminals operate and how bribes and violence subvert the law. He employs a journalist's sharp eye and a novelist's deft touch.”

—Washington Post

About Rip Crew

Valentine Pescatore, the globetrotting former federal agent, finds himself back on American soil investigating the massacre of a group of women in a motel room. At first, the crime seems to be just another case of violence in the smuggling underworld. Soon, however, Pescatore learns that a witness is being hunted at any cost. And he confronts his most terrifying assignment yet.

Also by Sebastian Rotella

News About Sebastian

Press coverage, events and news related to Sebastian’s work. There are interviews on All Things Considered, Fresh Air, CBS, PEN America and others. Plus a memoir about cop reporters, an article about the role of music in Sebastian’s fiction, and a few interviews in Spanish and French for international or multilingual readers.


Sebastian is a veteran foreign correspondent and investigative journalist. He has reported in more than 30 countries. He is a senior reporter at ProPublica, where he covers international security issues. His honors include a Peabody Award, Columbia University’s Moors Cabot Prize, and Italy’s Urbino Press Award, and he has been a Pulitzer finalist. His coverage of the Mexican border inspired songs by Bruce Springsteen.