Cold Havana Ground by Arnaldo Correa

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"An incisive mind . . . Correa is a wonderful writer."
—Lawrence Block, author of HitList

"I look forward to any book by Arnaldo Correa."
—Martin Cruz Smith, author of Havana Bay

A truly riveting mystery based on actual events on the -island-nation of Cuba involving three Afro-Cuban religions: Santería, Palo Monte, and the Abakuá Secret Society. Correa had access to Havana police records for his lengthy research and has crafted a flawless mystery with an intense and authentic look into little-known aspects of Cuban society. When a Chinese cadaver is stolen from a cemetery in Havana, the Cuban police are stumped. Their investigation leads to a priest in the Abakuá Secret Society. The priest stays one step ahead, however, casting a spell to divert the investigation.

Critical acclaim for Correa’s Spy’s Fate:

"A captivating thriller based on the murky U.S.-Cuban spy wars. Correa deftly paints the history of Castro’s Cuban intelligence service and the changing face of the Miami exile community . . . The insightful sociopolitical picture, the nasty maneuverings of both services, and the credible spy plot make this a fascinating read."—Publishers Weekly

"From Cuba with panache, a rare English-language thriller, written with flair, authority, and admirable -detachment, about intelligence operations grown soft . . . Character-driven and consistently entertaining."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Arnaldo Correa was born in the Escambray Mountains, Cuba, in 1935. In 1966, he published his first book of short stories, which were praised by Fidel Castro. Correa is considered one of three founders of the Cuban crime-fiction genre. He studied mining engineering at the -University of Alabama, and traveled extensively through the U.S. in the 1950s. He has worked on development projects in Cuba, Vietnam, Angola, and Mozambique. Spy’s Fate (Akashic 2002) was his first novel in English translation. He currently lives in Havana.


 

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Arnaldo Correa was born in the Escambray Mountains, Cuba, in 1935. Correa is considered one of three founders of the Cuban crime-fiction genre. He has worked on development projects in Cuba, Vietnam, Angola, and Mozambique. Cold Havana Ground (Akashic 2003) was his second novel in English translation, after the original hardcover edition of Spy's Fate. He currently lives in Havana.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Akashic Books. 300 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With its detailed ethnographic background, including a glossary of terms for three different African-rooted religious systems, this one is more apt to appeal to fans of such authors as Janwillem Van de Wetering and Eliot Pattison, whose mysteries contain strong spiritual elements.

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