Havana Best Friends

Havana Best Friends

Book - 2006
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Canadian debut publication by one of the Spanish-speaking world's top crime-fiction writers Elena Miranda and her brother, Pablo, have lived in the same spacious Havana apartment since they were children, not knowing that a $10-million treasure in diamonds is hidden behind a tile in their bathroom. Now the son of the man who buried them there wants them, and he knows the ideal person for the job: his ruthless former comrade-in-arms during the Vietnam War.

Equipped with a Spanish-speaking "wife" and Canadian passports, the vet flies to Cuba to sweet-talk his way into Elena and Pablo's lives and get his hands on the diamonds. But Cuba has a way of confusing even the best-laid plans, and soon the treasure hunters find themselves being hunted.

A complex, hard-boiled novel of betrayal, deceit, and cunning, Havana Best Friends takes place in a Cuba that tourists rarely see. Stunning plot twists rocket the story forward, but not once does the action overpower the story's heart -- the emotional lives of the people whose worlds are changed forever by these so-called best friends.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2006
ISBN: 9780771046605
077104660X
Characteristics: 340 p

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Jun 15, 2012

Latour is a Cuban writer now living in Toronto. In this mystery, $10M was hidden in the wall in a Havana apartment by a Bastista crook in which a teacher and her brother are now living. It tells of an American`s efforts to get the money out of Cuba many years later. While this is quite a good mystery, I tried but was unable to read other books by this author.

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