The Best Bad Things

The Best Bad Things

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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.
Publisher: New York : MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374123697 (hardcover)
0374123691 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: M CARRASCO
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 24 cm

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On this episode of The Desk Set, we're talking about books by queer authors. First, we talk to Seattle writer Katrina Carrasco about her novel The Best Bad Things, a historical crime novel set in Port Townsend's seedy underbelly. Then, we chat with artist and author Keezy Young about Taproot, her sweet and creepy graphic novel. Finally, we're joined by two KCLS staff members to talk about… (more)


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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 prod... Read More »

Adult, set in the late 19th century

Carrasco's gritty, sexy debut is a Western set in 1880s Port Townsend; cross-dressing, bisexual former private investigator Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium, which she needs to find to get back into her boss/former lover's good graces.


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Lirael
Feb 20, 2019

Loved the historical detail and setting of Port Townsend, WA, as well as Alma Rosales, the main character. Their switch between female and male personas and how they use this talent to survive in a town booming with shipping and the opium trade kept me reading late into the night.

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