Seventeen degrees three minutes north—the latitude of the border that separates Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, Texas—for all practical purposes, one city with two souls. This is the gritty backdrop of the new Jack Sloan thriller from author Larry Seeley, 17 Degrees North. Seeley, a former gaming industry CEO and professional blackjack player, first introduced readers to good-guy-with-a-past protagonist Jack Sloan in the 2010 award-winning mystery/suspense novel, Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves. Now, Sloan returns in this crisply paced follow-up, the second book of an expected trilogy. 17 Degrees North follows a trail between Juarez and Santa Fe, with stops along the way in El Paso and Phoenix.
The story begins and ends in the barrancos of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe, with Jack’s fateful discovery of a mysterious satchel full of cash. Jack tells his wife Darlene about his find, and they’re quickly drawn into the most dangerous mystery of their lives. Readers soon discover that the money is tied to the kidnapping/murder of a prominent New York hedge fund manager taken hostage in Juarez then killed in New Mexico. The U.S.
and Mexican authorities working together to solve the case know something doesn’t fit, but they'll need Jack to find out what. Pendleton’s beautiful wife is also connected, but how remains as much of a mystery as what a man like Pendleton was doing in a place like Juarez in the first place.
Love, greed, and betrayal propel 17 Degrees North at a quickening pace, and It comes to a shocking end that will have Seeley's growing legion of fans clamoring for the next book in the series.