Tropic of Night

Tropic of Night

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Not since The Secret History has a novel so flawlessly married the ferocious intensity of an unforgettable thriller with the depth, daring, and nuance of our most celebrated literary fiction. Tropic of Night is a virtuoso performance -- an unforgettably accomplished novel, a masterpiece of electricity and ambition.

Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism. Now she's nothing, a shadow: after faking her own suicide, she's living under an assumed identity in Miami with a little girl to protect. Everyone thinks she's dead. Or so she hopes.

Then the killings start, a series of ritualistic murders that terrifies all of Miami. The investigator is Jimmy Paz, a Cuban-American police detective. There are witnesses, but they can recall almost nothing of the events, as though their memories have been erased -- as if a spell has been cast on each of them. Equally bizarre is the string of clues Paz uncovers: a divination charm, exotic drugs found in the bodies of the victims, a century-old report telling of a secret place in the heart of Africa.

These clues point Paz inexorably toward the fugitive, Jane Doe, and force Jane to realize that the darkness she has fled is seeking her out, hunting her down. By the time her path intersects with Jimmy Paz's, the two will be thrust into a cataclysmic battle between good and an evil unimaginable to the Western mind.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publisher, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060509545
0060509546
Branch Call Number: GRUB
Characteristics: 419 p

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Northbrook_Eric Aug 05, 2011

Wow. How did I not hear of this author? This is a darkly compelling work that blows the fiction of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston completely off the map. Gruber has an obvious and fluid understanding of shamanism and the limits of Western thought. On top of this he has a great sense of plot, timing and overall storytelling. This is on par with Dan Simmons' best work

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