John Lantigua

Lantigua’s new WILLIE CUESTA MYSTERY is out, and the reviews are in!


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In Lantigua’s gripping fourth novel featuring Miami PI Willie Cuesta (after 2007′s The Lady from Buenos Aires), Carmen Vickers de Estrada, who moved to Miami from Medellín, Colombia, to escape the threat of kidnapping, asks Cuesta, who’s been serving as security chief for his brother’s nightclub, to protect her son, José, and his girlfriend, Catalina Cordero. Two years earlier in Colombia, Carmen’s husband was killed resisting abduction, and a year later, José was held captive for seven months even after the ransom was paid. After only a few days on the job, Cuesta witnesses a team of men snatch Catalina from a car blocked on a Key Biscayne road. Cuesta’s quest to rescue Catalina, whose relationship with her captors is unclear, takes him to Colombia. The fast-paced action is well matched by concise prose, making this a treat for Elmore Leonard devotees. (Mar.)

BOOKLIST (starred review)

On Hallowed Ground Lantigua, John (Author) May 2011. 272 p. Arte Publico, paperback, $16.95. (9781558856950).

This thoroughly entertaining crime novel flirts with a number of the genre’s central themes— kidnapping for ransom, drug dealing, betrayal, revenge, the silky seductiveness of a whole lot of money—filtering them through the special sensibility of Miami PI Willie Cuesta. He’s an ex-cop making it on his own now, but that’s his only stock ingredient. He’s not bitter, disillusioned, wounded, any of that. And when he’s offered an outlandish fee to protect the son of a wealthy Key Biscayne family, he doesn’t hide his glee at what looks like easy money, or his curiosity about this posh family. When the case goes haywire and the car chases and the gun battles begin, Cuesta can’t help noticing the special color of the duct tape binding him and the great taste of top-line Columbian coffee the reprobates serve. With artfully concealed timing, the author reveals the kidnapers’ hidden agenda: as in Chinatown and some of the Spenser novels, there’s a sense that evil originates in the family. A real find for crime-fiction fans.

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Author John Lantigua has been selected as this month’s KUHF/Arte Público Press Author of the Month. In the next installment of a series of monthly features, KUHF’s Eric Ladau spoke with Mr. Lantigua.

Story by Eric  Ladau

John Lantigua was born in the Bronx, N.Y., in a neighborhood where Spanish was the language of the streets.  His mother was from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and his father from Matanzas, Cuba, and during his first years Lantigua spoke only Spanish.  That radically changed when he was four.

His family moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey, where, at the time, no other Latinos lived.  Lantigua, an only child, was told to forget Spanish and learn English, and his parents never spoke a word of Spanish to him again.

In retrospect, his entire professional life has been a return to the streets where Spanish is spoken.  Set in Latino milieus, his novels and short stories have been nominated for the Edgar and Shamus awards, and his journalism has won him two Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Prizes, a share of the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism, and other prizes.

In his twenties, Lantigua was a reporter at The Hartford Courant in Connecticut.  The only Latino at the newspaper, he soon was assigned to cover the city’s large Puerto Rican population.  In doing this, he began to reconnect with his heritage and Latin America in general.  He soon quit journalism and at age 25, hitchhiked to Mexico, where he spent most of the next five years in Oaxaca.  He started a business guiding young American and Canadian tourists on camping trips in the mountains.  He owned two burros, packed them, and led his clients on hikes through the beautiful sierra of the Pacific coast of Oaxaca.

His business eventually went bankrupt, so Lantigua sold his burros and moved to Oaxaca City, where he taught English and joined the municipal theater company as an actor.

Over the next few years, Lantigua’s travels brought him temporarily back to the U.S. working for a theater in New York, a Reno casino, and on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, before taking him back to Latin America.  There, he worked as a translator in Salvadoran refugee camps, and he covered the “Contra War” for United Press International, and later for TheWashington Post, while living in Honduras and Nicaragua.  Lantigua also wrote his first two novels during this time.

In 1993, Lantigua joined the Miami Herald, where he covered Cuban exile issues and used his experience to write his next two novels:  Player’s Vendetta (Signet, 1999), about Pedro Pan children who were smuggled from Cuba to the U.S., and The Ultimate Havana (Signet, 2001), about the counterfeiting of Cuban cigars.  Lantigua was also part of a Miami Heraldinvestigative team that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1999 for articles written on voter fraud.

Lantigua most recently joined The Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida.  At The Post, he has specialized in reporting on migrant workers in the U.S.  His work won him and two colleagues the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 2004 and 2006, as well as the World Hunger Year Award in 2004.

His latest work, The Lady from Buenos Aires (Arte Público Press, 2007), is a gripping mystery novel that deals with Argentina’s “children of the disappeared.”

Arte Público Press is the nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts and creativity. For more information, please visit

In the next installment of a series of monthly features, KUHF’s Eric Ladau spoke with Mr. Lantigua about his works.

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    Praise for John Lantigua:

    Lady_from_Buenos_Aires“…Nonstop action and an exciting ending make this a good crime novel. In addition, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lantigua's use of Argentina's tragic recent history as the basis for his plot adds depth, and his insider knowledge of Miami's Latin American subculture provides spice.” --- The Library Journal 

    vendetta A clear, forceful writer. -- New York Times Book Review

    Lantigua knows the Caribbean and Miami the way Chandler knew Los Angeles. -- Paul Levine, author of 9 Scorpions

     ultimatehavanaPraised by Carl Hiaasen as "fresh" and "authentic," the Edgar Award-nominated novels of John Lantigua present a sizzling slice of Cuban-American life.

    In this intriguing new novel, private eye Willie Cuesto takes on the smoke and shadows of the Cuban cigar industry...

     "Keeps detective fans eager for the next page. . .Welcome to the world of vendetta, intrigue, and double-cross." --The New York Times, for Heat Lightning

    "Lantigua gives us a fresh, clever cast in a taut and authentic tropical thriller." --Carl Hiaasen, for Burn Season