Fidel's Last Days
By Roland Merullo
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400032563, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 12, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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A clandestine scheme to assassinate Fidel Castro spirals into paranoia, betrayal, and deceit in this dazzling thriller.
Former CIA agent Carolina Perez has spent five years working deep undercover with a singular goal: to take down Castro and free Cuba from his troubled presence. Across the Straits in Havana, Carlos Gutierrez is Castro’s minister of health and a member of his inner circle. Carlos has also been convinced to overthrow el Comandante, at great risk to himself and those he loves. But the indestructible dictator is surrounded by more than just the D-7 secret police: A Byzantine network of spies, double agents, and informants means nobody is who they seem. A thrill ride through Miami and Havana, Fidel’s Last Days sizzles with tension until the final word.
Roland Merullo is the author of the Revere Beach trilogy, A Little Love Story, Golfing with God, and Breakfast with Buddha. A graduate of Brown University, he lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
“[A] gripping tale of deception. . . . Takes readers on a fictional thrill ride filled with so much danger and drama that they won't want it to end.” —The Boston Globe
“Heart-stopping. . . . In Merullo's world everyone is at risk and no one, on either side of the Straits of Florida, is to be trusted.” —St. Petersburg Times
“Merullo portrays Cuba as a country stifled by fear and an oppressive secret police—a nation ripe, even desperate, for revolution.” —The New York Times Book Review
“A taut, page-turner of a thriller. . . . Right up to the last sentence, Merullo keeps you worried and guessing.” —The Charleston Post & Courier
“For the anti-Castro conspirators in Fidel’s Last Days, Roland Merullo’s darkly fascinating thriller, patriotic zeal is second nature; so is deception. . . . A ruthless torturer nicknamed ‘the Dentist’ embodies the horrors of unchecked power in a land of seductive pleasures and eviscerated dreams.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Tightly plotted.” —Los Angeles Times
“Accurately captures the anxiety, paranoia and fear that anyone in Castro’s sphere must have felt.” —The Contra Costa Times
“Merullo still knows how to construct a good thriller.” —Associated Press
“Fidel’s Last Days is not only a taut, expertly crafted page-turner, it is also a tender yet unsentimental exploration of the universal yearning to be free, a yearning which sometimes means having to kill one of your own. This is a timely, important, and moving novel, and I urge you to read it!” —Andre Dubus III
“Fidel’s Last Days is a wry, humane, thinking-man’s thriller, Roland Merullo has written a novel that is, in every way, worthy of comparisons to Graham Greene, and only Graham Greene. One of the best books of the year.” —Dennis Lehane