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King Bongo: A Novel of Havana

Sanchez, Thomas

ISBN 10: 0679406964 / ISBN 13: 9780679406969
Published by Knopf, 2003
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Title: King Bongo: A Novel of Havana

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition

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Thomas Sanchez, the author of the Key West novel Mile Zero (“A comic masterpiece bursting with vital characters, its brilliantly contrived plot uncoils with the suspense of a thriller.” —New York Times), returns to the tropics with King Bongo, a fevered dream of dangerous desires and political treachery amid the glamour, intrigue and corruption of 1950s Havana.

On New Year’s Eve 1957, a terrorist bomb rips through Havana’s famous Tropicana nightclub. King Bongo, a rogue Cuban American, tortured by a mysterious past and possessed of a mythic musical talent, goes on the hunt for the culprits, and for his sister, known as the Panther, Cuba’s most exotic showgirl, who disappeared in the explosion.

Navigating Havana’s maze of colonial backstreets, red-light districts, Chinatown alleys, swank country clubs and opulent casinos, Bongo becomes ensnared by other complicated and outrageous lives—American hit men plotting a political assassination, decadent movie stars trolling with their bait of teenage mistresses, prophetic shoeshine boys and hotel maids willing to sacrifice their lives for the right social cause; a beautiful American socialite weaving a web of erotic intrigue—and, more dangerously, by Humberto Zapata, a sinister Machiavellian secret police operative, with whom Bongo will have a final explosive showdown.

Thomas Sanchez reimagines a world of lush sensuality where Cuban and American cultures collide in a riveting novel of graphic power.

About the Author:

Thomas Sanchez lived for many years in Key West, Mallorca, and Paris, where the French Republic awarded him the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He currently resides in San Francisco. He is the author of Mile Zero, Day of the Bees, Zoot-Suit Murders and Rabbit Boss, which was named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the most important books of the twentieth century.

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