The Best Bad Things

The Best Bad Things

?A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco?s debut will leave you thirsty for more.? ?Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham A vivid, sexy barn burner of a historical crime novel, The Best Bad ?A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable c...

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Title:The Best Bad Things
Author:Katrina Carrasco
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Best Bad Things
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Best Bad Things Reviews

  • Heidi
    Nov 24, 2018
    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...
  • Kaijsa
    Aug 02, 2018
    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...
  • Geonn Cannon
    May 15, 2018
    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 ...
  • Martha
    Nov 21, 2018
    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...
  • Patty
    Dec 22, 2018
    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 05, 2018
    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...
  • Emily
    Apr 16, 2019
    Been describing this as "If Quentin Tarantino were a queer woman and wrote historical fiction," and I stand by that it. Gritty but not depressing, sexy, violent, and a TON of fun to read (more fun than watching a Tarantino movie). Alma/Jack, the brawling, careless, ambitious character ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Sep 18, 2018
    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...
  • Liz
    Oct 25, 2018
    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...
  • Ed Bernard
    Jan 08, 2019
    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Oct 06, 2018
    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...
  • Megan
    Jul 28, 2018
    Super confused by the high reviews on this book. I love to read and rarely find books I don?t at least kind of like. This is one of the books I really don?t like. Overall the story could have been great when you look at the bones of it, hence my two star rating. But ultimately this...
  • Paul
    May 09, 2018
    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,...
  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Feb 14, 2019
    What an ending!!!! One whole extra star for the ending alone. Damn!! This historical crime / thriller novel is about a cross dressing former government spy who now works for an opium smuggling ring in the 1880s. Her boss Delphine (a fellow queer woman of colour) has sent her to inve...
  • Eric
    Feb 17, 2019
    The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco is a multi-layered novel based in the 1880's Pacific Northwest that details the infiltration of the opium drug smuggling business by Alma Rosales. It is not a spoiler to describe Rosales employs the disguise of different characters in her investi...
  • Rana
    Mar 08, 2019
    Nope. Two major issues here: 1. The "gender fluidity" that other reviewers called out felt incredibly inauthentic, I think because there was actually very little character development at all, just this weird emphasis on sex and desire and nothing else. 2. There's a point at whi...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Feb 18, 2019
    And the award for most apt title goes to?! This book is seriously gritty, dark, bloody, at times disturbing, and after listing those descriptors I?m not sure I can articulate why I liked it so much. Maybe because, like its main character, it doesn?t apologize for how nasty it is....
  • Abby
    Dec 08, 2018
    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...
  • Wendy
    Mar 14, 2019
    3.5*- ish. It's hard to put into words how I feel about this book. It's about Anna / Jack (depending on what the situation warrants, Anna goes around as Jack). She works in an opium smuggling ring in the late 1800s, headed by a queer woman of color, Delphine. Someone has been stealing ...
  • Authentikate
    Apr 20, 2018
    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 s...
  • Melissa Dee
    Nov 15, 2018
    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...
  • Michelle
    Nov 18, 2018
    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...
  • Sarah
    Oct 26, 2018
    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...
  • Karen Kay
    Oct 26, 2018
    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...
  • Robin Bonne
    Jan 15, 2019
    3.5 Stars. ...
  • Kylie
    Jan 12, 2019
    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...
  • Donna Hines
    Feb 18, 2019
    It's 1887 and Detective Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. It's best for mature audiences as we have a character who operates as bi sexual and often shows her sexual prowess after certain violent actions which was bizarre as a reader. Many may take issue with the fact she'...
  • - ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
    Oct 07, 2018
    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Aug 10, 2018
    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...
  • Aj Smith
    Dec 27, 2018
    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...