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Havana Libre


The scintillating stand-alone sequel to Arellano’s 2009 Edgar Award finalist, Havana Lunar.

Forthcoming: 12/5/17

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What people are saying…

“In 1997, a series of bombs rocked Havana—a city already deep in an economic and spiritual depression. In Havana Libre, the anxiety of the time is palpable. Robert Arellano gives us a detailed and precise portrait of one of the most surreal places on earth. A mystery with alluring twists and turns, Havana Libre also poses a deeper question: how does one contend with the anguish of loving a place that can never, ever love you back? Compelling and restrained, this is Arellano’s best to date.”
Achy Obejas, author of The Tower of the Antilles

Praise for the previous works of Robert Arellano:

“Written with passion and vision and with a clear, unflinching eye, Havana Lunar breaks new ground. In it the Cuban underworld of chulos and jineteras is revealed and the überworld of political bosses and apparatchiks unmasked. I am certain that Havana Lunar will find a wide and enthusiastic readership.”
—Pablo Medina, author of The Cigar Roller, on Havana Lunar

“In this unsettling mix of noir and paranormal obsession, Arellano displays a sly, Hitchcockian touch.”
Publishers Weekly, on Curse the Names


In this explosive follow-up to the Edgar Award finalist Havana Lunar, Dr. Mano Rodriguez takes an undercover assignment to the most dangerous city in Latin America: Miami.

During the summer of 1997, a series of bombings terrorize Havana hotels. The targets are tourists, and the terrorists are exiles seeking to cripple Cuban tourism and kill the Revolution. After Mano finds himself helpless to save one of the victims, his nemesis Colonel Emilio Perez of the National Revolutionary Police recruits him for the “Wasp” network, Havana’s top-secret spy ring, and an operation that only this doctor can attempt.

While two Cubas, capitalist and Communist, are held in a death grip, Mano gets caught in a maelstrom of depravity and deception, and he knows that if he does not complete his mission in time, hundreds of innocent lives will be lost—including one he cares for most of all.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Published: 12/5/17
  • IBSN: 9781617755835
  • e-IBSN: 9781617756016


ROBERT ARELLANO is the award-winning author of six novels including Curse the Names, Fast Eddie, King of the Bees, and Don Dimaio of La Plata. His nonfiction title Friki: Rock and Rebellion in the Cuban Revolution, will be released in 2018. He lives in Oregon. His latest novel, Havana Libre, is the standalone sequel to his Edgar-nominated Havana Lunar.

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