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The Best Bad Things

(2018)
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“A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco’s debut will leave you thirsty for more.” —Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham

A vivid, sexy barn burner of a historical crime novel, The Best Bad Things introduces readers to the fiery Alma Rosales—detective, smuggler, spy

It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency—but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man—Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring.

When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma is tasked with tracking the thief and recovering the drugs. In disguise as the scrappy dockworker Jack Camp, this should be easy—once she muscles her way into the local organization, wins the trust of the magnetic local boss and his boys, discovers the turncoat, and keeps them all from uncovering her secrets. All this, while sending coded dispatches to the circling Pinkerton agents to keep them from closing in.

Alma’s enjoying her dangerous game of shifting identities and double crosses as she fights for a promotion and an invitation back into Delphine’s bed. But it’s getting harder and harder to keep her cover stories straight and to know whom to trust. One wrong move and she could be unmasked: as a woman, as a traitor, or as a spy.

A propulsive, sensual tour de force, The Best Bad Things introduces Katrina Carrasco, a bold new voice in crime fiction.

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"HOLY SHIT! I nearly chipped a tooth on the opening paragraph of this book and choked to death. Katrina Carrasco is a powerful writer, her prose as sharp as a Hattori Hanzo sword from Kill Bill, with one badass female protagonist, Alma, a detective who is kicking ass and taking names in a world of power-hungry men and women smuggling opium, trying to stay one step ahead of them while balancing her physical attraction to the ringleader. But be warned, you may need a trip to the dentist after reading this amazing debut!" - Frank Bill

"The best thing, upon opening The Best Bad Things, is to ensure you don't have any plans for the next day or so. Instead, surrender to this book's glorious race through the rain-soaked, crime-ridden streets of nineteenth-century Port Townsend. Katrina Carrasco's jaw-dropping debut is powered by Alma Rosales, a runaway steam engine of a woman: fast, ferocious, and barreling heedlessly toward her destination. Carrasco writes with stunning verve and fierce intelligence, and The Best Bad Things will keep you guessing until its explosive end." - Carrie Callaghan

"A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco’s debut will leave you thirsty for more." - Lyndsay Faye

"Gritty street fiction set in the lawless past when Port Townsend was the Deadwood of the Pacific Northwest, Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things is a bloody brawl of a book. Carrasco uses a whippy structure and flexible prose to play an unsettling shell game as Alma, dressed as Jack, sheds her impulse control along with her corsets, and the plot accelerates into a visceral, unexpected underworld of bare-knuckle fighting, opium smuggling, and genderqueer lust." - Nicola Griffith

"A vibrant and compulsive read; in Alma Rosales, Katrina Carrasco has created a gender-bending heroine who is impossible to forget. The Best Bad Things packs a massive punch and succeeds in queering the crime genre." - Saleem Haddad


Used availability for Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things

Hardback Editions

November 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
ISBN: 0-374-12369-1 / 978-0-374-12369-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: MCD
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Paperback Editions

November 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
ISBN: 1-250-23814-5 / 978-1-250-23814-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

November 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
ISBN: 1-250-29803-2 / 978-1-250-29803-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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November 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


November 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


November 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

November 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Best Bad Things: A Novel
Author(s): Katrina Carrasco
Publisher: MCD
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU