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Doc Ford's old friend, General Juan Garcia, has gone into the lucrative business of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. He is also feasting on profits made by buying historical treasures for pennies on the dollar. He prefers what dealers call HPC items—high-profile collectibles—but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1960-62 to a secret girlfriend, it's not a matter of money anymore. Garcia has stumbled way out of his depth. First Garcia disappears, and then the man to whom he sold the letters. When Doc Ford begins to investigate, he soon becomes convinced that those letters contain a secret that someone, or some powerful agency, cannot allow to be made public. A lot happened between Cuba and the United States from 1960-62. Many men died. A few more will hardly be noticed.

Reviews

“White shows a new side to his talent [in Cuba Straits], combining familiar themes and much-loved characters with a real flair for madcap adventure.”

—Booklist (starred review)
 
“White smoothly combines history, action, and colorful characters into a savory concoction easily devoured in a single sitting.”

—Publishers Weekly
 
“A trove of revealing private documents, rumors concerning a political assassination, a trip to Cuba—it’s either today’s newspaper or Dr. Marion Ford’s 22nd adventure. . . . Cuba provides the perfect setting. . . . The next few months’ headlines will determine whether his view of contemporary Cuba is remarkably prophetic.”

—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Baseball, fishing, sharp dialogue, and an action-packed story. Pour a mojito, think of a place where people clap ‘just because the sun goes down,’ and read this.”

—Cleveland Plain Dealer
 
“Intriguing settings, colorful characters, and eye-opening geopolitical dramas. When you mix everything together, you have a ready-to-serve and highly recommended first-class adventure.”

—Mystery Scene
 
“White’s storytelling at its best…a rip-roaring plot filled with baseball, history, lost treasure, and, just for good measure, a love triangle—all wrapped in politics.”

—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 
“The master has knocked one out of the park.”

—The Florida Times-Union

Chapter 1 - Excerpt