If you want atmosphere (although not about Batista), how
about Mayra Montero's "In the Palm of Darkness"? Probably not
hard-boiled, but certainly noir. Montero is a Cuban-born
writer now living in Puerto Rico. "In the Palm of Darkness"
is an edgy, unsettling account of a herpetologist from the
U.S and his search for a vanishing frog in the mountains of
Haiti. To reassure Bill that I am on topic, there are a
couple of murders, and the Haitian guide likes to spin
gruesome, eery stories that intermingle the occult and the
political chaos in Haiti. And, the scientist is awash in
loneliness and alienation. Manuel Ramos
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