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The Edgar Award-nominated Outcast is a sophisticated, brutally honest, and gripping suspense novel that delves into the highly charged underworlds of modern-day Havana and Miami.

Elliot Steil, the son of a Cuban mother and an American-born laborer living on the island before the revolution, is a down-on-his-luck schoolteacher in Havana. Like so many of his fellow Havanans, he has come to accept his rather dull life and for the most part has given up hoping for a better future. But unexpectedly he is offered the opportunity to escape when a man appears on the island, claiming to be an old friend of Elliot's deceased father. The man offers to take Elliot to the United States, but it isn't long before he reveals his ulterior motives and Elliot is left to die in the dangerous waters of the Florida Straits. It is there that Elliot begins to relive the events of his life that have haunted him since his childhood. He is miraculously rescued by a family onboard a makeshift raft and soon after arriving in Miami begins his search for the man who betrayed him. As the search immerses him deeper and deeper into Miami's darker side of crime and corruption, he slowly unravels the mystery of his bicultural past and its links to the man who knew his father many decades earlier.

Outcast is at once a brilliantly atmospheric and stunningly written literary achievement and the dazzling American debut of one of Latin America's most accomplished crime writers.

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Praise for OUTCAST

"Jose Latour is a master of Cuban noir, a combination of '50s unsentimentality and the harsh realities of life in a socialist paradise. Better, he brings his tough survivor to the States to give us a picture of ourselves through Cuban eyes. Welcome to America, Sr. Latour."

--Martin Cruz Smith, author of Havana Bay and Gorky Park

"Outcast is a tense, suspense-filled tale that will keep readers guessing until the final page. It is also an important and courageous book, a look at daily life in Cuba as few Americans have seen it, by a writer who still lives under the ever-watchful eye of the revolution."

--William Heffernan, author of Red Angel

"Cuba has been a closed world for most of us for decades now, and Cuban crime fiction has remained a well-kept secret. It's alive and well, and brilliantly represented by JosČ Latour. Don't miss this one -- it's terrific!"

--Lawrence Block, author of Hit List

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