Havana Requiem: A Legal Thriller

Havana Requiem: A Legal Thriller

by Paul Goldstein

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ISBN-13: 9781466802278
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 05/08/2012
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 205,895
File size: 696 KB

About the Author

Paul Goldstein is regularly included in Best Lawyers in America and is the author of two previous Michael Seeley novels.

Paul Goldstein is regularly included in Best Lawyers in America and is the author of the Michael Seeley novels, including Errors and Omissions, A Patent Lie, and Havana Requiem.

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Havana Requiem: A Novel 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
I found Havana Requiem to be rather dull. The "thriller" part of "legal thriller" just didn't kick in for me. I did like the tension the author created in the New York law firm where our hero works. That worked well for me, and I could just see Hobie's face at various moments in the interaction between him and our hero, lawyer Michael Seeley. But as the novel revealed itself, there was so much backroom dealing going on even before the client, Cuban composer Reynoso came to call, much of the "thriller" had already happened. For Seeley to take off-illegally- to Cuba to pursue a client he had barely met, and one who hadn't even signed a representation agreement, did not ring true. One might be tempted to laud the author for his ability to create modern Havana for his novel. But, putting poor people together with an oppressive government does not make it Cuba. Yes, throw in some old American cars and a beachwalk called the Malecon and it comes closer. But we never hear the music that is supposed to be the life of the story. To me, that is an important missing ingredient. Cuba, as described here, without the music is hardly Cuba. For the reader to care about licensing agreements is asking a lot, even if the losing party would be admirable musicians and composers. The novel just did not work for me as well as it apparently has for some others. Still, I give it three stars as it did have some of the ingredients I hoped to. Three stars does mean "GOOD" if not awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has it all - suspense, legal issues, disheveled hot-headed rogue lawyer and savvy female sidekick, exotic venues and equally exotic female love-interest. And even better, it is superbly written in a terse, lapidary style that keeps the action moving and compelling. Very hard to put down, so don't plan on sleeping. I would definitely recommend this book and the two preceding adventures of Michael Seeley, A Patent Lie and Errors and Missions.