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

When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma is offered
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Published 2018 by MCD/FSG
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Paul
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel.

Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and Katrina Carrasco for the advanced copy for review.

Full review can be found here: https://paulspicks.blog/2018/05/09/th...

Please check out all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
Authentikate
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She’s smart. She’s brash. She’s a snoop and a spy. She’s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction suspenseful thrill ride.

A former detective for the notorious Pinkerton agency, Alma, fired but unwilling to give up the hunt, begins her work for a jasmine-dripped woman named Delphine. Alma goes undercover as a man named Jack
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Geonn Cannon
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint!

While it has a strong mystery plot as the backbone, the real draw of this book is the main character (who is bisexual, as it turns out). Alma is one of the toughest protagonists I've read in a long time. Is Alma good or bad? Is she the law or a criminal
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Jen
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A woman disguised as a man investigating a drug ring with mysteriously disappearing opium disguised takes dedication and a keen intellect in Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.

Alma Rosales, a former Pinkerton detective, is a good investigator who observes minute details and asks probing questions while infiltrating situations as need demands as either a female or, as she often prefers, a male. Emb
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Sherry Chiger
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book I admired more than loved. A gender-fluid, part-Latinx protagonist on the rough-and-tumble Washington coast during the time of opium smuggling, Pinkerton agents, and the rise of the railroads? Wow. The plot was suitably complex, with lots of ball juggling, and the prose was so vivid. But the overuse, IMO, of sentence fragments wore on me, to the point that I almost gave up reading before the halfway mark, and I felt some of the descriptions could have been pruned to quicken the pa ...more
Madeline Dickerson
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Tiffany S
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To start my review I must say-
I hope Katrina Carrasco makes Alma Rosales the protagonist in at least 5 more books. “The Best Bad Things” was one of those historical fiction books that shows you the underbelly of the world and makes you cringe when you think how far women have come (and how far we have to go). Alma ROCKS to put it lightly. She worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency but may have been dismissed for some less than stellar things. She finds new work and spends the time straddling
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Sara Birmingham
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Cristie Underwood
Amazingly engrossing and well written historical fiction .
Katherine
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viktoria
DNF @ 25%... for now: I'm going to return to this when I'm more patient, because there are many things about this I'm totally digging—ambivalent af characters with double-edged, shady af motivations, Alma's basic entire essence, bad-ass pansexual WOCs, the whole setting, really—but Alma's narration tends to contain many fractured sentences as she observes things, and while this style makes sense, it was utilized frequently. I found I lost patience with it to the point I wasn't enjoying the book ...more
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dori
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katrina Carrasco is a GREAT writer when it comes to imagery and character - so much so that despite the slow pace of the storyline so far, the images I've drawn up in my head are pretty spectacular. Your mileage may vary as far as the plot pace, but if you like period pieces that aren't afraid to go places others have not, and if you want to see more queer characters in good writing, you'll enjoy it.

At first I expected this to be a far "sexier" read, but the storyline is fairly slow-moving in t
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dori
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Katherine
This book initially looked like something I would enjoy. However as I started reading it I was confused and thought the date transitions were not helpful. It was not until at least 3/4 or more along that the disparate parts started to come together for me. The characters were fully developed although the main character is confusing and switches genders throughout the book. This story is full of sexual innuendo and brutal sex scenes, both implied and detailed. I finished this book and at the end ...more
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Katrina Carrasco holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Portland State University, where she received the Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Fiction Scholarship and the Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Award. Her short stories have appeared in Witness, Post Road, Quaint, and other journals, and her nonfiction can be found at Autostraddle. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, I ...more
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