“A gritty FBI Thriller with jaw-dropping twists. King’s portrayal of the convoluted world of cross-border criminality, politics and business feels completely fresh.” — BestThrillers.com
A junior official with the Mexican Consulate in Houston is abducted, his $600,000 automobile left abandoned in a pharmacy parking lot. In what initially appears to be a simple case of a wealthy foreign dilettante being held for ransom, FBI Special Agent Pete Cortez is assigned the task of securing the young consular official’s safe return and apprehending his kidnappers.
The problems begin when the family of the victim insists on dealing directly with the kidnappers, excluding both the FBI and the Houston Police Department. The task becomes even more complicated when rumors emerge about the true source of the family’s enormous wealth. Questions abound.
Who kidnapped Pepe Alonso? Was it a rival Mexican cartel looking to cripple a competitor? One of the myriad local Houston gangs hoping for a big payday? A right-wing Texas militia group looking to finance its future operations? Could it be the Mexican government…or perhaps even the U.S. government? Or could it be someone else entirely?
Above all, behind his public veneer, is this carefree young consular officer truly the man the public imagines him to be?
Porfirio "Pete" Cortez IV is the protagonist in a series of FBI mystery/thriller novels written by Bill King.
The son of an American petroleum engineer, Pete was born and raised in Venezuela before returning to the U.S. for college, the fourth generation of his family to attend Texas A&M University. Following five years in the Army, during which he served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Cortez left military service to begin a new career as an FBI agent. He is currently assigned to the FBI Houston Field Office.
THE CONSULAR OFFICIAL, the sixth Pete Cortez mystery-thriller, was released in August 2023.
If you enjoy quirky characters from authors like John Sandford, Robert B. Parker, and Elmore Leonard, you’ll love Pete Cortez & Doc Gunther.
Jacob "Doc" Gunther is a modern-day Texas Ranger assigned to Company D of the Rangers, whose area of responsibility runs for 640 miles along the US-Mexico border, from South Padre Island on the Gulf of Mexico to Val Verde County (including Del Rio and Lake Amistad) in the west. NOTE: this is roughly half of the 1,241-mile border between Texas and Mexico.
In real life, the Texas Rangers conduct investigations into major violent crime, public corruption, cold case and officer-involved shootings, as well as overseeing the Texas Department of Public Safety's border security and tactical and crisis negotiation programs.
The second Doc Gunther mystery-thriller, tentatively titled THE SALTY IGUANA, will be published in December 2023.