Havana Twist (Willa Jansson Series #7)

Havana Twist (Willa Jansson Series #7)

by Lia Matera

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"Here begins a marvelous adventure," says the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The array of characters is marvelously vivid. Matera's portrait of present-day Cuba, with its hardships, shortages and corruption, is an education in itself. ... And by the way, the plot and resolution of the mystery--what did actually happen to the heroine's mother--is intricate and convincing."

Attorney Willa Jansson's mother has long been in the habit of organizing or joining political protests. After seventeen arrests, fourteen convictions, and eleven stints in jail, she surprises no one--least of all her doting but exasperated daughter--by flouting the Trading With The Enemies Act to illegally visit Cuba. But when the rest of the lefty tour group returns from Havana without her mother, Willa fears her bleeding heart has gotten her into more trouble than Willa can get her out of.

Risking her career and her passport, Willa rushes to Cuba to retrace her mother's steps. Under the wing of newfound reporter friends--or are they CIA agents?--Willa soon finds herself in Havana neighborhoods tourists rarely visit, seeing things Americans are not supposed to see. Manipulated, misled, and nearly arrested, Willa is a whisper away from triggering an international incident.

When people start disappearing and dying because of Willa's search, the U.S. State Department, the Cuban Interior Ministry, and Willa's old flame from San Francisco Homicide step in. With two angry governments and a ruthless killer close on her heels, Willa tries to keep herself out of Cuban and American prisons at least long enough to find and rescue her mother.

The Houston Chronicle says that "The beauty of Matera's writing is that the story, fun as it is, doesn't shortcut a shrewd social commentary on the current state of the Cuban Revolution and U.S. policy toward that country."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158000607
Publisher: Lia Matera
Publication date: 03/10/2016
Series: Willa Jansson Series , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 192 KB

About the Author

Lia Matera is the author of twelve novels, ten short stories, and a novella. She is a graduate of Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, where she was editor-in-chief of The Constitutional Law Quarterly. She is a member of the California Bar and was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School before becoming a full-time writer.

Two of her Willa Jansson novels, A Radical Departure and Prior Convictions, were nominated for the mystery genre's top prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and Prior Convictions was a New York Times Notable Book. Three of her novels were nominated for the Anthony Award, and two were nominated for the Macavity Award. She has also published two anthologies. Her story "Dead Drunk," originally printed in Scott Turow's, Guilty As Charged, won the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for Best Short Story of 1996. Her novella Champawat placed third in the vote for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine's 2012 Readers Award.

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