"A forceful writer" – The New York Times Book Review
Praised by Carl Hiaasen as "fresh" and "authentic, "John Lantigua's mysteries present a sizzling slice of Cuban-American life. And in this intriguing new novel, private eye Willie Cuesta takes on the smoke and shadows of the Cuban cigar industry.
"SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM!"
When asked to find the missing son of a famous cigar manufacturer, Willie Cuesta figures that Carlos Espada just skipped town with his girlfriend for some R&R. Instead, he uncovers a bitter rivalry between two tobacco' companies and a counterfeit cigar ring that Carlos may have been involved with…
Two counterfeiters have already been murdered, and in their possession were boxes of fake "Ambassadors"— Cuba's most expensive cigars. Then things really heat up when Willie's investigation brings thugs out of the woodwork. From Miami's Little Havana to the Dominican Republic, with the shadow of Castro's Cuba hanging over him, Willie must find Carlos—before he too becomes a victim of dirty business and is left smoldering in ash…
"LANTIGUA KNOWS THE CARIBBEAN AND MIAMI THE WAY CHANDLER KNEW LOS ANGELES." —PAUL LEVINE, AUTHOR OF 9 SCORPIONS
Other Reviews for books in the Willie Cuesta Series;
“The fast-paced action is well matched by concise prose, making this a treat for Elmore Leonard devotees.” – Publisher’s Weekly.
“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.” -- Booklist Starred Review.
“…nonstop action and an exciting ending make this a good crime novel. “ --- The Library Journal.