The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
(Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller)

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The smooth fabric of the narrative is occasionally ripped by an intrusive lump of research – such as the train routes through revolutionary Mexico – but the tremendous set pieces include an American general briefing correspondents while interrupted by a parrot’s impersonations of a previous US ground commander.
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In The Hot Country, Christopher Marlowe Cobb (“Kit”), the swashbuckling early 20th century American newspaper war correspondent travels to Mexico in April and May of 1914, during that country’s civil war, the American invasion of Vera Cruz and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal (The Jackal). Covering the war in enemy territory and sweltering heat, Cobb falls in love with Luisa, a young Mexican laundress, who is not as innocent as she seems.

The intrepid war reporter soon witnesses a priest being shot. The bullet rebounds on the cross the holly man wears around his neck and leaves him unharmed. Cobb employs a young pickpocket to help him find out the identity of the sniper and, more importantly, why important German officials are coming into the city in the middle of the night from ammunition ships docked in the port.

An exciting tale of intrigue and espionage, Butler’s powerful crime-fiction debut is a thriller not to be missed.
 

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Joanne Koenig Coste, a nationally recognized expert and an outspoken advocate for patient and family care, is a board member of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Currently in private practice as an Alzheimer's family therapist, Koenig Coste also serves as president of Alzheimer's Consulting Associates. She lectures around the country and is the recipient of a National Award for Health Heroes from Reader's Digest. She was named a "Woman to Watch in the 21st Century" by NBC Nightly News
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Mysterious Press. 352 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime, History, Horror. Fiction
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Reviewed by Mark Lawson on Dec 20 2014

The smooth fabric of the narrative is occasionally ripped by an intrusive lump of research – such as the train routes through revolutionary Mexico – but the tremendous set pieces include an American general briefing correspondents while interrupted by a parrot’s impersonations of a previous US ground commander.

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