Vodoun

Vodoun

by David Madsen
     
 

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"I just killed a man, but I'm not a murderer".

He's Ray Falco, a Washington journalist living in burnt-out seclusion until an unnameable force--Vodoun--draws him into a murder investigation that spans the centuries, from the Haitian revolution in 1793 to the blood-soaked present.

Falco's adventures propel him into the world of Haitian exile politics, whose

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"I just killed a man, but I'm not a murderer".

He's Ray Falco, a Washington journalist living in burnt-out seclusion until an unnameable force--Vodoun--draws him into a murder investigation that spans the centuries, from the Haitian revolution in 1793 to the blood-soaked present.

Falco's adventures propel him into the world of Haitian exile politics, whose inhabitants live in a nefarious shadowland:
--Faustian Gabriel, an enigmatic art gallery owner whose sleek exterior masks his true identity.
--Carmen Mondesir, the director of a Haitian charity whose haunted blue eyes peer out from ebony skin, hinting at the violent contradictions within her.
--Lucy Marcelin, a beautiful Haitian-born lawyer who guides Falco through a world few outsiders ever see.

Against the surreal backdrop of Haitian elections, where the gods of voodoo wield more influence than the voters, these four fates intertwine...and Ray Falco realizes that only Vodoun can save him.

"A voodoo curse turns Haitian history into a demented exercise in deja vu- from the fevered, all-stops-out imagination behind U.S.S.A."--Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Voodoo, Haitian history and the U.S. State Department's vacillation and hypocrisy are rich and timely fare. Madsen (U.S.S.A.; Black Plume) fails to take advantage of these thematic opportunities, however; in addition, his novel suffers from a flat but pretentious style, an unsympathetic protagonist, often incredible plot turns and B-movie villains. Award-winning journalist Ray Falco, the story's narrator, has been turned into a murderous zombie by a Haitian wheeler-dealer who plans to return to his ancestral post as the power behind the throne (or in this case the presidential chair). Falco becomes possessed of the spirit of a young American envoy in Haiti during a failed 1792 slave revolt and writes a diary in that man's voice. Though readers may be drawn in by the voodoo lore, the dramatic comparisons between historic and present-day Haiti and the ``relentless, hustling energy'' of Port-au-Prince street life, Madsen's handling of historical details may prove confusing. (Aristide is not mentioned, and the leader of the 1792 uprising is fictional.) For a fuller telling of the ``tragicomedy of Haiti,'' audiences would fare better with Graham Greene's The Comedians. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450222389
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/20/2010
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.73(d)

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