‘Illegal’ – A Tale of Drug Wars and Human Trafficking

March 24, 2009

A Missing Woman, a Shady Lawyer, and a Perilous Road Trip

LOS ANGELES, March 24 /PRNewswire/ — A woman is kidnapped and her 12-year-old son forced to carry drugs. Predators on both sides of the border chase mother and child. And a midnight border crossing explodes in gunfire.

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If that sounds ripped from today’s headlines, it is. Just this week, The Los Angeles Times reported that Mexican drug cartels are taking over human trafficking operations. “Illegal” (Bantam Hardcover), the new novel by award-winning author Paul Levine, probes both worlds.

The story begins when twelve-year-old Tino Perez maims a Mexican drug lord who assaulted his mother, Marisol. That sends mother and son on a desperate run to the U.S. where they’re intercepted by the Border Patrol. Marisol goes missing. Tino – with no money, no papers, and no fear – finds his way to Los Angeles where he teams up with Jimmy Payne, a lawyer planning to skip town after his latest scrape with the law.

The cynical lawyer and the savvy kid track Marisol from migrant stash houses to the lush fields of central California. It’s there they encounter Simeon Rutledge, a mega-grower whose family has employed – and abused – migrants for three generations. Payne takes on the powerful Rutledge in an explosive confrontation with Marisol’s life on the line.

Illegal” probes the shadowy world of drug trafficking, illegal immigration, and sex slavery. A thriller with a social conscience, the book presents arguments – economic, legal and moral – on all sides of the dispute over broken borders. Already, “Illegal” is gathering glowing reviews.

“A riveting read filled with action, pathos, and even humor. Chilling and rings with authenticity.” -Booklist


Paul Levine is an award-winning author of legal thrillers. Solomon vs. Lord was nominated for the Macavity Award and the Thurber Prize. The Deep Blue Alibi was nominated for an Edgar, and Kill All the Lawyers was a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award. He won the John D. MacDonald Award for his critically acclaimed Jake Lassiter series. He also wrote the CBS military drama JAG.

For more information: http://www.paul-levine.com

EDITORS: For a review copy or an interview, contact paul.publications@gmail.com or Wendy Sachs (212) 981-5180.

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