Havana Requiem by Paul Goldstein

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Like its music, Havana transcends the confines of legality and diplomacy in this moving and memorable novel.
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Fueled by alcohol and legal brilliance, Michael Seeley once oversaw his law firm's most successful litigation. Until it all fell apart. Recklessness and overreach cost him his wife, his job, and likely the life of his last client, a Chinese dissident journalist. Havana Requiem, the latest Seeley novel from the acclaimed author Paul Goldstein, opens after a year's sobriety has earned Seeley back most of what he lost: the partnership in his Manhattan law firm, if not his corner office; the wary respect of most of his partners; the lucrative clients—but not the gin-sharpened passion.

Then the renowned Cuban musician Héctor Reynoso enters his office with a simple request: help him and other composers who defined Cuba's musical golden age of the 1940s and '50s—the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club internationally famous—reclaim the copyright to their work. When Reynoso goes missing, Seeley's reluctant promise to help draws him progressively deeper into Havana's violent underbelly and a decades-long conspiracy that runs from the partners in his firm to the U.S. State Department to Cuba's security police, who are willing to do anything to suppress the truth. In the heat of Havana, Seeley will lose himself to his worst and best passions as his pursuit of justice becomes a desperate gambit to save not only his composers but the stunning Amaryll, who is playing her own dangerous game.


About Paul Goldstein

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Paul Goldstein is regularly included in Best Lawyers in America and is the author of two previous Michael Seeley novels.
Published May 8, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 321 pages
Genres: Other, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
May 01 2012

Dull protagonist, cliché-ridden situations; a so-called legal thriller that’s long on law and short on thrills.

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Publishers Weekly

Apr 02 2012

Goldstein has no peer in making the dry subject matter of his professional expertise both accessible and engrossing.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Reviewed by Ron Liebman

To construct a legal thriller out of a copyright case is no easy task... Paul Goldstein has done just that to his credit and our reading pleasure.

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Reviewed by Douglass Daniel on May 08 2012

Attorney and novelist Paul Goldstein manages the enviable feat of writing a compelling legal thriller without ever putting his characters in the less-than-thrilling venue of a courtroom.

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Reviewed by Luan Gaines

Like its music, Havana transcends the confines of legality and diplomacy in this moving and memorable novel.

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