A Day in the Life of Pete Fernandez

I’m not hungry. This is usually a bad sign. We’re at a table near the back of El Rinconcito—the “tiny corner”—a small Cuban place on 157th Avenue in West Kendall. It’s a warm day, the Miami temperatures clocking in no higher than 82. Balmy for the area, hellish and...

LA Review of Books Interview

ALEX SEGURA’S LATEST NOVEL, Dangerous Ends, opens in 1959 Cuba with someone refusing a deal from Che Guevara. That act of dissent sets off a series of violent, terrifying events. Segura is no stranger to a high-stakes story — the previous book of his Pete Fernandez...

Unlawful Acts on DANGEROUS ENDS

But what makes Dangerous Ends really succeed is Segura’s central character, Pete Fernandez. Like his fictional hard-boiled detective predecessors, Fernandez is broken, but unlike them, he is deliberately on the mend. Fernandez might slip in his journey through...

Do Some Damage on DANGEROUS ENDS

As I’ve found from the start with the Pete Fernandez books, Segura’s writing has a smooth flow and just the right rhythm. He doesn’t write flashy prose, but he virtually never writes an awkward sentence.  It helps make the novels exceedingly...