Havana Highwire
by John Keyse-Walker

Introducing hardboiled PI Henry Gore, in this pitch-black noir novel set in 1950s revolutionary Cuba.

“Darkly atmospheric writing, an action-packed plot, plenty of suspense, and a sometimes-hapless hero caught between saving his own life and doing the right thing drive this outstanding, packs-a-punch thriller”- Booklist Starred Review

World-weary American Henry Gore was born in the cold Midwest. But a lucky connection – and a hundred peso bribe – scores him a license to operate as a private investigator in Havana, a place where he can finally get warm. Soon, he’s trailing after cheating husbands to finance his permanent vacation in the land of sun, cigars and compliant señoritas.

But when he snaps the wrong man’s photo at a fancy casino, he receives a fist in the face for his troubles – and a dark warning from the Mob. Private dicks are bad for business. If he carries on working, his license will be permanently revoked. Capisci?

No work means no money. No way to eat. No way to pay the rent. Desperate to make ends meet, Henry grabs an offer of work from Fulgencio Batista’s military regime with both hands – setting in motion a chain of events with dark and deadly consequences.

With its rum-soaked, revolutionary Caribbean setting, dark humour, glamorous femme fatales and chilling twists, Havana Highwire is crime noir at its finest.


“A tropical treat like no other”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review of Palms, Paradise, Poison

“Keyse-Walker smoothly integrates Caribbean lore and culture into the narrative, which is peopled with distinctive, well-wrought characters . . . Readers will look forward to Teddy’s further adventures.”

Publishers Weekly on Palms, Paradise, Poison

“A principled hero, solid details of police work and the practices of Palo Mayombe and Sateria, and lushly described settings permeated by unease and possible supernatural phenomena combine to distinguish this ambiguous, unusual mystery”

Booklist on Palms, Paradise, Poison

“Plenty of action, entertaining and appealing characters, and colorful depictions of island life . . . A solid read-alike of AGATHA CHRISTIE's A Caribbean Mystery and BOB MORRIS’s "Zack Chasteen" series”

Library Journal Starred Review of Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed

“An intriguing look at island life with a likable hero whom readers will want to get to know better”

Booklist on Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed

“Spectacular as a Caribbean sunset, Keyse-Walker’s debut is a well-paced puzzler no one should miss”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review of Sun, Sand, Murder

“Features a beautiful Caribbean setting, vibrant characters, lively plotting and pacing, and a memorable villain who will surprise you”

Library Journal on Sun, Sand, Murder

“A strong debut that vividly evokes its Caribbean locale”

Booklist on Sun, Sand, Murder

John Keyse-Walker

John Keyse-Walker practiced law for thirty years, representing business and individual clients, educational institutions and government entities. He is an avid salt- and freshwater angler, a tennis player, kayaker and an accomplished cook. He lives in Florida with his wife.Sun, Sand, Murder, the first book in the Teddy Creque mystery series, won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. As well as the Teddy Creque series, John is also the author of the Cuban noir novel Havana Highwire and historical mystery Bert and Mamie Take a Cruise.

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Havana Highwire by John Keyse-Walker is available in the following formats

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