Fueled by alcohol and legal brilliance, Michael Seeley once oversaw his law firm's most successful litigation. Until it all fell apart. Recklessness and overreach cost him his wife, his job, and likely the life of his last client, a Chinese dissident journalist. Havana Requiem, the latest Seeley novel from the acclaimed author Paul Goldstein, opens after a year's sobriety has earned Seeley back most of what he lost: the partnership in his Manhattan law firm, if not his corner office; the wary respect of most of his partners; the lucrative clients—but not the gin-sharpened passion.
Then the renowned Cuban musician Héctor Reynoso enters his office with a simple request: help him and other composers who defined Cuba's musical golden age of the 1940s and '50s—the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club internationally famous—reclaim the copyright to their work. When Reynoso goes missing, Seeley's reluctant promise to help draws him progressively deeper into Havana's violent underbelly and a decades-long conspiracy that runs from the partners in his firm to the U.S. State Department to Cuba's security police, who are willing to do anything to suppress the truth. In the heat of Havana, Seeley will lose himself to his worst and best passions as his pursuit of justice becomes a desperate gambit to save not only his composers but the stunning Amaryll, who is playing her own dangerous game.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.