Back a man into a corner.

Take away his ability to earn a living.

Imperil his family.

Do these things and a man will either stand down or stand up.

When the bottom falls out of the U.S. economy, Rafe goes tumbling down, unable to find work, his unemployment drying up, his bills stacking up.

Rafe becomes a 99er. There’s no more help on the horizon. He’s on his own.

Instead of slowly circling the drain, Rafe and his Mexican-born wife Paloma decide to leave Southern California behind and make a new life in Tijuana, Mexico.

Life hums along just fine south of the border until one bad move finds Rafe sucked into the Tijuana underworld of drug cartels.

Years of laidback living have ill-prepared Rafe for life-or-death stakes. He has to up his game in a big way—and fast.

Men with no qualms against torture and killing are coming for Rafe and his family.

It’s kill or be killed for this TJ99er.

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Mark Rogers is a writer and artist whose literary heroes include Charles Bukowski, Willy Vlautin, and Charles Portis. He lives in Baja California, Mexico with his Sinaloa-born wife, Sofia. His award-winning travel journalism for USA Today and other media outlets has brought him to 56 countries. His crime novels have been published in the U.S and UK. Uppercut, his memoir of moving to Mexico, is published by Cowboy Jamboree Press. NeoText publishes his Tijuana series and Gray Hunter series.

Mark Rogers knows that the stylish, polished picture frame in which we live is riddled with holes, in which worms live.

James Sallis, author of Drive