Havana Requiem

Havana Requiem

Book - 2012 | First edition.
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Fueled by alcohol and legal brilliance, Michael Seeley once oversaw his law firm's most successful litigation. Until it all fell apart. Recklessness and overreach cost him his wife, his job, and likely the life of his last client, a Chinese dissident journalist. Havana Requiem , the latest Seeley novel from the acclaimed author Paul Goldstein, opens after a year's sobriety has earned Seeley back most of what he lost: the partnership in his Manhattan law firm, if not his corner office; the wary respect of most of his partners; the lucrative clients--but not the gin-sharpened passion.

Then the renowned Cuban musician Héctor Reynoso enters his office with a simple request: help him and other composers who defined Cuba's musical golden age of the 1940s and '50s--the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club internationally famous--reclaim the copyright to their work. When Reynoso goes missing, Seeley's reluctant promise to help draws him progressively deeper into Havana's violent underbelly and a decades-long conspiracy that runs from the partners in his firm to the U.S.State Department to Cuba's security police, who are willing to do anything to suppress the truth. In the heat of Havana, Seeley will lose himself to his worst and best passions as his pursuit of justice becomes a desperate gambit to save not only his composers but the stunning Amaryll, who is playing her own dangerous game.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780809053933
Branch Call Number: GOL
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,24 cm


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Aug 06, 2016

This is not your usual "lawyer novel" but a gripping and educational story set in Cuba about the original music of the Buena Vista composers. Though fiction it seems to rely on "non-fiction" sources, so is something of a historical fiction based on a likely scenario regarding Castro governance and its effects on "el cutura", with a lone gun lawyer to enhance the fiction. In all a rather fascinating book.

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