The heroine of José Latour’s workmanlike thriller, Comrades in Miami is one of the quirkiest characters in spy lit: a frumpy, fortysomething Havana bureaucrat with an IQ of 176 and an equally jaw-dropping libido. Victoria Valiente and her nerdy husband decide they’re ready to defect, and between steamy rounds in the bedroom, they devise an ingenious plan to steal a few million dollars and begin new lives in Florida, using Elliot Steil — the amiable émigré Latour introduced in 1999’s Outcast — as a pawn. Latour’s plot is an impressive mind-bender, and he’s created a few first-class characters. But he never achieves the exquisite balance between page-turning intrigue, sexy atmosphere, and sharp characterization that would put him on a par with titans like Martin Cruz Smith and John le Carré.
Comrades in Miami The heroine of José Latour's workmanlike thriller, Comrades in Miami is one of the quirkiest characters in spy lit: a frumpy,...Comrades in MiamiMystery and Thriller, FictionJose Latour The heroine of José Latour's workmanlike thriller, Comrades in Miami is one of the quirkiest characters in spy lit: a frumpy,...2005-11-09Grove
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Fiction; Author: Jose Latour; Status: In Season; Publisher: Grove
Posted November 9 2005 — 12:00 AM EST
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