Miami Confidential by James Alexander
The reader is transported directly into uncertain territory. This is not the vacation wonderland of travel posters; we are here for a behind-the-scenes look at the new Miami; smugglers' haven of the western hemisphere and murder capital of the United States. In the early chapters we meet Stone - "Mr. Gainesville Green" and Lady Ace - the "Cuban Connection". By chapter eight, peripheral flirtations with benign blackmarketeers deteriorate into deadly encounters with the underworld. In the midst of the Cuban influx or "Mariel Boatlift" and the Miami riots, our insider discovers Santeria or Cuban voodoo and the influence of drugs in the professional arena. He finds himself in a web of involvement which culminates in a "drug deal gone sour" with Jamaican and Colombian gangsters.