Alexander endows his "hero" with a native historical context that results in humor and/or conflict when contrasted with the designs of outsiders. Luis Balam, a Mayan shop owner, tour guide, and private investigator, hires on as a bodyguard for lottery-winning Anglo Bob Chance in Cancun City. Chance stiffed his partner, who's now in hot pursuit, as are two willful wives. Meanwhile, Balam's friend, a lawyer and con artist, wants to build a dinosaur theme park in Balam's village. The narrative proceeds with irreverent humor, comedic situations, fanciful word plays, and sly intelligence. A fine selection.