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Tropic of Night (2003)

por Michael Gruber

Séries: Jimmy Paz (1)

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Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism. Now she's nothing, a shadow living under an assumed identity in Miami with a little girl to protect. Everyone thinks she's dead. Or so Jane hopes. Then the killings start, a series of ritualistic murders that terrifies all of Miami. The investigator is Jimmy Paz, a Cuban-American police detective. There are witnesses, but they can recall almost nothing of the events, as though their memory has been erased -- as if a spell has been cast on each of them. Equally bizarre is the string of clues Paz uncovers: a divination charm, exotic drugs found in the bodies of the victims, a century-old report telling of a secret place in the heart of Africa. These clues point Paz inexorably toward the fugitive, Jane Doe, and force Jane to realize that the darkness she has fled is hunting her down. By the time her path intersects with Jimmy Paz's, the two will be thrust into a cataclysmic battle with an evil unimaginable to the Western mind. Performed by Margaret Whitton.… (mais)
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Synopsis: An aristocratic anthropologist’s field leads out of academia and into African “magic.” Jane Doe is a rich and semi-spoiled Long Islander who has faked a suicide and gone into hiding as “Dolores,” a mousy medical-records clerk. In her former life, she was an anthropologist who studied under, and had an affair with, a brilliant Frenchman whose expertise in the magic practiced by isolated cultures led her well away from the usual tenure track and off through central Asia to Mali, where she picked up a few magic tricks of her own. Now, she’s hiding from Witt Moore, her husband, an African-American poet and playwright who, on their fateful field trip to Africa, also became steeped in magic—powerful and very, very nasty magic. Jane has recently complicated her fugitive life with the addition of Luz, an abused preschooler, whose mother Jane killed—accidentally—with an especially effective martial arts maneuver. It’s not a good time to be a mother in Miami, where a serial killer is drugging very pregnant women and taking the babies for what looks awfully like human sacrifice. Recognizing the murders as rituals from the lore of the Olo, the Malian tribe she and Witt studied, Jane knows that her husband is nearby and on the prowl and that it will now be necessary for her to practice her own arcane skills. In the meantime, Iago “Jimmy” Paz, a deeply cool Afro-Cuban Miami homicide detective with many, many ladyloves, is trying to sort out the gruesome string of murders as junior man on a team headed by an ultra-religious Florida cracker. And he’s about to meet Jane.
Review: Parts of this book are absolutely tedious, in particular the excerpts from the logbook. The rest is interesting and the characters are well drawn. ( )
  DrLed | Dec 28, 2020 |
in the middle of this one... i like it but parts of it are creepy so I can't read it at night (LOL!)
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finished this book - didn't like it as much as first Jimmy Paz novel, but very well done nevertheless. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
My bad streak continues. I even gave it more than my usual 100 pages to decide but the story just never caught my attention. I am starting to wonder if I am just not in the mood to read right now. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
I am glad to have found this terrific writer and a new series to follow. In this thriller he blends all my favorite obsessions, anthropology, mysticism, spirituality, and sailing into a compelling journey through Africa, Siberia, privileged Long Island, and tropical Miami. I was hooked from the first page. ( )
  Clifford.Terry | Apr 30, 2015 |
The Tropic of Night starts off with a bang as Jane Doe, an anthropologist, kills a woman and rescues an abused child, who she then raises as her own. The story moves all over the globe from Miami to New York to Africa. She marries a poet and playwright. When she goes with her husband to Nigeria, where he is looking to reconnect with his roots, they visit a tribe of spiritual ritualists where he falls under the influence of a witch and becomes a sorcerer. Fearing for her life, Jane fakes suicide, changes her identity and moves to Miami fearful that her husband will try to find and kill her. Her husband comes to the US trying to spread terror into white America where he murders pregnant women and steals their babies to use in a ritual that will give him unlimited power. She brings together a band of people to fight off her husband.

I found this to certainly be an interesting novel. It teeters from being a mainstream thriller to being a supernatural horror. Part of the problem was that it didn't always know what it wanted to be. One thing is certain is that it was sufficiently dark for my liking. There were some believability and plot issues that held it back from being a great novel instead of one that was merely good and interesting to read. All in all, it was a mixed bag, but I would still recommend reading it.

Carl Alves - author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Nov 5, 2014 |
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Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism. Now she's nothing, a shadow living under an assumed identity in Miami with a little girl to protect. Everyone thinks she's dead. Or so Jane hopes. Then the killings start, a series of ritualistic murders that terrifies all of Miami. The investigator is Jimmy Paz, a Cuban-American police detective. There are witnesses, but they can recall almost nothing of the events, as though their memory has been erased -- as if a spell has been cast on each of them. Equally bizarre is the string of clues Paz uncovers: a divination charm, exotic drugs found in the bodies of the victims, a century-old report telling of a secret place in the heart of Africa. These clues point Paz inexorably toward the fugitive, Jane Doe, and force Jane to realize that the darkness she has fled is hunting her down. By the time her path intersects with Jimmy Paz's, the two will be thrust into a cataclysmic battle with an evil unimaginable to the Western mind. Performed by Margaret Whitton.

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