“No writer in America today can be said to surpass Butler in the eating-his-cake-and-having-it-too category: He’s literary and entertaining, serious and funny. Within his clear and fluent narratives, there usually nestles complexity, if you care to look for it.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel
In The Hot Country,
Christopher Marlowe Cobb (“Kit”), the swashbuckling early-twentieth-century American newspaper war correspondent travels to Mexico
in 1914, during that country’s civil war, and the controversial presidency of Victoriano Huerta, El Chacal
(The Jackal). Covering the war in enemy territory and in the sweltering heat, Cobb falls in love with Luisa, a young Mexican laundress, who is not as innocent as she seems.
One day the intrepid war reporter soon witnesses a priest being shot, but the bullet ricochets off the cross the holy man wears around his neck and leaves him unharmed. Cobb employs a young pickpocket to help him find out the identity of the sniper and, more importantly, why important German officials are sneaking into the city in the middle of the night from ships docked in the port.
An exciting tale of intrigue and espionage, Butler
’s powerful crime-fiction debut is a thriller not to be missed.