Abella, Alex.

ISBN 10: 051758509X / ISBN 13: 9780517585092
Published by New York: Crown, (1991.) dj, 1991
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Described as the first Cuban-American thriller, this is a story of witchcraft, crime and law, set in the Hispanic communities of Los Angeles. Charlie Morrell, himself Cuban, is a court-appointed investigator assigned to take on the case of two marielitos, followers of the santeria cult, who are accused of a vicious killing. SIGNED on the half title page, 308 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 52360

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Publisher: New York: Crown, (1991.) dj

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Appointed by the court to investigate a vicious murder in a downtown jewelry store, Charlie Morell, a Cuban-American, must confront his own guilty past while attempting to exonerate Ramon, a Cuban man accused of the crime

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A Cuban-American p.i. takes on the case of a Marielito charged with mass murder in a flashy and first-rate first thriller. Santer¡a, an Afro-Catholic cult that possesses its believers, clouds the mind of Carlos ``Charlie'' Morell, a recovering Miami lawyer now working as a private investigator in L.A. Morell has been assigned by the courts to assist Ramon Valdez, a Cuban refugee defending himself on a charge of aggravated murder. The devoutly Santer¡an Valdez and his coreligionist chum and fellow Marielito Jose Pimienta shot up the half-dozen occupants of a jewelry store while drugged to the gills and possessed by one of the nastier gods in their pantheon. Pimienta is singing for the D.A. Morell, who fled professional problems as well as his Fidel-fixated family when he left Florida, follows Ramon's directions to look up fellow worshippers, who will supposedly testify to the murderer's saintliness--a task that introduces Charlie to the spookier aspects of Santer¡a and to the pleasant aspects of Ramon's luscious lady friend Lucinda, who, before too awfully long, has moved into Morell's life. So have murderous thugs and frightening visions of Morell's late father. The trial, when it comes, is a doozy. The prosecution calls up witnesses, but the defense calls up spirits. The ground shakes, the heavens darken, and everywhere he turns, Morell sees his father's ghost. Garcia M rquez meets Elmore Leonard. Instantly and consistently captivating. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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