‘The Queen of the South’: The book by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

This Owl reads on Trome’s social networks that actress Kate del Castillo is amazed in Cusco and, especially, for the beauty of Machu Picchu. The famous artist records the third season of ‘The Queen of the South’, a series that made her known worldwide.

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Perhaps few know that the remarkable character of ‘La Mexicana’, protagonist of the very good novel by the Spanish Arturo Pérez-Reverte, also titled ‘La reina del sur’ (Alfaguara 2002), was the one that inspired the superproduction of the Telemundo network.

I recommend Pérez-Reverte’s book (Cartagena, 1951). A fast-paced story. ‘The phone rang and she knew they were going to kill her (…) she remained very still, holding her breath, as if immobility and silence could change the course of what had already happened (…). On the bedroom stereo, ‘Los Tigres del Norte’ sang stories of Camelia, the Tejano. Treason and smuggling, they said, are things that are not shared … ‘.

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Thus begins the book. According to legend, Pérez-Reverte, a journalist and war correspondent before becoming a novelist, was hired by a Spanish publication to travel to Sinaloa, Mexico, to carry out a series of reports on the drug cartels and the participation of a woman as leader: Sandra Ávila Beltrán. A beautiful young woman whose family was involved in drug trafficking and whose uncle was a ‘capo’.

She married two police commanders who became drug traffickers and were stabbed to death. Sandra was captured on a boat with nine tons of cocaine along with her new husband, another drug dealer. They nicknamed her ‘The Queen of the Pacific’.

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THE BIRTH OF THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH

Arturo did an extraordinary job in Sinaloa, achieving true firsts, by being invited to the house of several ‘capos’. In weighing up his great material, he decided to return the money that the magazine had given him and launched into publishing a novel. That is how ‘The Queen of the South’ was born.

In the fiction of the series, ‘La Mexicana’ Teresa Mendoza (Kate del Castillo) is a young woman from Sinaloa who must flee from Mexico to Spain because the drug cartel killed her boyfriend, ‘Güero’, a pilot who worked to them, but he was actually an undercover DEA agent.

The ‘Güero’, in moments of happiness, became melancholic And in one of those moments he told her out of hand: “Take this cell phone … If when I’m out it starts ringing, it’s because they already ‘broke’ me (they killed), then run away, Teresa, with whatever you have, because they are going to come and kill you too ”.

The ‘capo’ of the Sinaloa cartel, ‘don Epifanio’ (Humberto Zurita), he sympathizes and sends her to Spain on the condition that she never return. From there he goes to the Spanish colony in Gibraltar and shortly after works in a ‘night club’, where he meets a Galician smuggler pilot with whom he lives and is dedicated to smuggling hashish in Mediterranean waters.

THE RUSSIAN MAFIA

Betrayed by the owner of the ‘night club’, who was in love with Teresa, they are intercepted and their boat capsizes, the Galician dying and Teresa going to prison. There he meets a young woman from high society, Patty O’Farrell, arrested because of her boyfriend, who defrauded the Russian mafia with 600 kilos of cocaine, for which he was murdered.

Patty becomes close friends with ‘La Mexicana’ and instructs her in readings, such as ‘El conde de Montecristo’. Upon leaving prison, Patty confesses that she knows where the coca shipment that her boyfriend stole from the Russians is hidden. Teresa decides to negotiate the sale of the shipment with the bloodthirsty Russian mafia boss, Oleg Yasikov.

Between ‘La Mexicana’ and the Russian will be born an unusual feeling of friendship, admiration and fidelity, and they extend their business throughout Europe and North Africa, displacing the Turkish, Galician and French mafias. Read the book or watch the series on Netflix, although the writing is better. I turn off the TV.

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