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, fortysomething Havana bureaucrat with… 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, fortysomething Havana bureaucrat with… 2005-11-09 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Grove
Book Review

Comrades in Miami (2005)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Nov 09, 2005; Writer: Jose Latour; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Grove

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.

Originally posted Nov 04, 2005 Published in issue #849 Nov 11, 2005 Order article reprints