Alex Segura is the maestro of Miami noir. He explores the multilingual, multicultural turf of South Florida, the heart of the Cuban-American “exilio”, a kind of offshore capital of Latin America. It’s full of pride and tenacity, melancholy and creativity, intrigue and mystery. When I go there, I feel instantly at home: the food, the music, the effortless cultural border-crossing that people engage in on a daily basis. And the fact that the nice lady who pours café cubano at the airport speaks to me immediately in Spanish. When you read Dangerous Ends or other Alex Segura novels, you’ll see how well he knows and describes his fascinating world. And you’ll realize what the great Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa meant when he told me in an interview that Miami embodies the future. Alex and I had an epistolary conversation recently about the parallels and shared interests in our fiction. It’s always a pleasure to talk to him. He was gracious enough to write an introduction and put it together for CrimeReads. Read.