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Best-selling Chilean Ampuero, a creative writing professor at the University of Iowa, is author of several novels, including a series featuring Cayetano Brulé, a Cuban detective living in Chile. In this fifth installment, Brulé receives a call from terminally ill poet Pablo Neruda. Brulé is asked to locate in Mexico a Dr. Bracamonte, who, according to Neruda, could save his life from a devastating cancer. But Brulé discovers that the real motive is Bracamonte's beautiful wife, Neruda's former lover, and her daughter, whom Neruda suspects is his. Brulé's investigation takes him to Mexico, Cuba, Germany, Bolivia, and, in a surprising conclusion, Chile. The novel successfully blends historical facts, including the hours prior to the coup that ended Salvador Allende's government in 1973, with biographical details of Neruda's political relationship with his friend Allende. Fans of Neruda will be particularly intrigued by the sections on Neruda's complex life and love affairs; highly recommended for collections of general Latin American literature.-Rafael Ocasio, Agnes Scott Coll., Decatur, GACopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.