"Raises the bar of the suspense thriller"
Thirteen years ago, police officer John Deal learned that
his father committed suicide. His face was so badly damaged
that his son couldn't recognize him. The police find
papers proving John was supplying his father with
information that he used in his business dealings. Unable
to demonstrate he was set up, the brass allowed him to
retire. John took over Deal Co., the construction company
his father ran into the ground.
In the present, Deal Co. is breaking even when Antonio
Fuentes asks him to accompany him to Cuba. Fuentes
represents a consortium who want to rebuild Cuba after
Castro is gone and they want Deal to be their point man.
Deal is about to turn him down when a government agent asks
him to go along with Fuentes and in return they will give
him proof that he was framed thirteen years ago. Deal goes
to Cuba intending to play the spy but finds someone that
has to be smuggled out of the country at any cost, making
his deal with the government null & void.
Readers get an inside look at the Cuba of today in HAVANA
RUN and although the country is in a holding pattern
different forces are ready to take control once the present
leader is gone. Les Standiford raises the bar of the
suspense thriller in the latest installment of his John
Deal series. Though one must wonder about a government
that hides the truth that would exonerate someone, this
fits right into the story line and Justice, American
style. Readers will take to the protagonist right away
because of the vulnerability that shines above this tough
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 10, 2003