David Madsen Vodoun

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"I just killed a man, but I'm not a murderer". He's Ray Falco, a Washington journalist living in burnt-out seclusion until an unnameable force--Vodoun--draws him into a murder investigation that spans the centuries, from the Haitian revolution in 1793 to the blood-soaked present. Falco's adventures propel him into the world of Haitian exile politics, whose inhabitants live in a nefarious shadowland: --Faustian Gabriel, an enigmatic art gallery owner whose sleek exterior masks his true identity. --Carmen Mondesir, the director of a Haitian charity whose haunted blue eyes peer out from ebony skin, hinting at the violent contradictions within her. --Lucy Marcelin, a beautiful Haitian-born lawyer who guides Falco through a world few outsiders ever see. Against the surreal backdrop of Haitian elections, where the gods of voodoo wield more influence than the voters, these four fates intertwine...and Ray Falco realizes that only Vodoun can save him. "A voodoo curse turns Haitian history into a demented exercise in deja vu- from the fevered, all-stops-out imagination behind U.S.S.A."--Kirkus Reviews

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A voodoo curse turns Haitian history into a demented exercise in d‚j... vu--from the fevered, all-stops-out imagination behind U.S.S.A. (1989). A year after walking away from high-wire political journalism, Ray Falco feels himself responding to a police siren in the middle of the night and gets pulled into the disappearance of perpetual Haitian activist Jean-Mars Baptiste, driven into hiding by a flayed skin nailed to his door. With the help of contacts like Haitian lawyer Lucy Marcelin and gallery owner Faustin Gabriel, Falco finally persuades Baptiste to meet him--and then, to his own horror and amazement, shoots him down. Clearly, somebody's using voodoo to control Falco--but how's it being done, and what's the point, and why choose him? Driven by bouts of automatic writing in which he reverts to the voice of Nicholas Whitney Townsend, American envoy to Haiti during the 179293 slave rebellion, he gradually realizes that Gabriel and Carmen Mondesir, director of a charitable trust whose charity begins at home, are controlling him through the ascendancy of Gabriel's ancestor Vincent Gabriel, chief of staff to charismatic, illiterate Gen. Xavier Charlemagne. Their purpose is nothing less than the liberation of modern-day Haiti--a deep-dyed plot Falco will both effect (in his capacity as channel for Townsend, whose empty promise of American aid broke the back of Charlemagne's revolt) and legitimate (in his capacity as respected newsman and expert eyewitness to history). Gabriel's motives and plans seem fuzzy and ill-matched to his effects, but the effects themselves--Falco's recapitulation, courtesy of voodoo possession, of 200 years of black slavery--are splendidly overwrought, if you don't look too closely at the climax that gives Falco his one chance to break free of Gabriel's control. A fine frenzy of hectic overplotting, though overshadowed by both the recent explosion of historical pulp fiction and the sad march of Haitian headlines. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Voodoo, Haitian history and the U.S. State Department's vacillation and hypocrisy are rich and timely fare. Madsen (U.S.S.A.; Black Plume) fails to take advantage of these thematic opportunities, however; in addition, his novel suffers from a flat but pretentious style, an unsympathetic protagonist, often incredible plot turns and B-movie villains. Award-winning journalist Ray Falco, the story's narrator, has been turned into a murderous zombie by a Haitian wheeler-dealer who plans to return to his ancestral post as the power behind the throne (or in this case the presidential chair). Falco becomes possessed of the spirit of a young American envoy in Haiti during a failed 1792 slave revolt and writes a diary in that man's voice. Though readers may be drawn in by the voodoo lore, the dramatic comparisons between historic and present-day Haiti and the "relentless, hustling energy" of Port-au-Prince street life, Madsen's handling of historical details may prove confusing. (Aristide is not mentioned, and the leader of the 1792 uprising is fictional.) For a fuller telling of the "tragicomedy of Haiti," audiences would fare better with Graham Greene's The Comedians.
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