Set in Guatemala and based on a true story, "this intriguing literary thriller will appeal to lovers of international crime fiction" ( Booklist ).
Guillermo Rosensweig is a member of the Guatemalan elite, runs a successful law practice, has a wife and kids--and a string of gorgeous lovers. Then one day he crosses paths with Maryam, a Lebanese beauty with whom he falls desperately in love . . . to the point that when he loses her, he sees no other option than to orchestrate his own death.
The Mastermind is based on the bizarre real-life story of Rodrigo Rosenberg, a Guatemalan attorney who, in 2009, planned his own assassination after leaving behind a video accusing Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom of his murder. This is a fascinating depiction of modern-day Guatemala and the corrupt, criminal, and threatening reality that permeates its society.
"Engaging . . . Raw and unforgettable." -- Publishers Weekly
"This is a compelling story that can easily be read in a single sitting. And, as in any good mystery, when things go wrong, the novel becomes that much more interesting. Even for readers with no interest in Guatemala per se, this is one worth reading for the sheer joy of the writing itself." -- Reviewing the Evidence
"A riveting account of one man's high-stakes journey to self-reckoning." --Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban