Sunday 19 November 2017

Review: VOODOO EYES by Nick Stone

Sphere, £19.99

Former Miami cop Max Mingus is 58, broke and almost terminally disillusioned. He's forced to work on seedy divorce cases to make ends meet.

Max feels things couldn't get worse, but they do in spades when his former boss, Eldon Burns, is ritualistically murdered and his old police partner, Joe Liston, asks him to unofficially investigate the death.

Then Joe is killed before Max's very eyes, and the trail leads to Cuba and a former charismatic female Black Power activist, one of the 90-plus fugitive US criminals Castro has given shelter to for many years.

Out of his depth in this strange country just 90 miles from Miami, Max soon finds that nothing is as it seems, and the only thing he can be sure of is that he is in deadly danger.

This is the third volume in a trilogy of stories featuring Max Mingus. Like the two previous Mingus adventures, Mr Clarinet and King of Swords, it is packed with atmosphere and character.

Nick Stone brings to vivid life the seedy, sleazy and violent world of Miami that squats behind the glitzy pastel skyscrapers of South Beach and its heedless tourists, and it's clear he's more than a little in love with Cuba and its gutsy and resilient people who have endured with considerable brio for almost 50 years from both a US economic blockade and Fidel Castro. Unreservedly recommended.

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