Outstripping anything he's ever done for knife-edge action and sheer heroism, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Hunter takes us back to 1950s Cuba in a new Earl Swagger novel featuring the real-life likes of Meyer Lansky, Hemingway - and an ambitious young man named Castro-
High summer in Cuba, 1953, and Havana gleams with possibility. Flush with booming casinos, sex, and drugs, Havana is a lucrative paradise for everyone from the Mafia and United Fruit to pimps, porn-makers, and anyone looking to grab a piece of the action - including the Cuban government, which naturally honours the interests of its old ally, the United States of America. Of course, where there's paradise, trouble can't be far behind. Trouble, in this case, makes its entrance in the terrifically charismatic and silver-tongued form of a young revolutionary named Fidel Castro. The Caribbean is fast becoming a strategic Cold War hub, and Soviet intelligence has taken Castro under its wing. The CIA's response is to send the one man capable of eliminating Castro: the legendary gunfighter and ex-Marine hero Earl Swagger, who proved his lethal talent in Stephen Hunter's previous bestsellers HOT SPRINGS and PALE HORSE COMING. In Cuba, Earl finds himself up to his neck in treacherous ambiguity, where the old rules about honour and duty don't apply, and where Earl's target seems to have more guts and good luck than anyone else in Cuba. Blending real-world figures into a lightning-paced narrative, Stephen Hunter once again proves himself the master of literary adventure and suspense.
“American hardboiled at its very best, full of taciturn and stoical characters and plotting in explosive overdrive”
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“Hunter is in the front rank of thriller novelists”