Science and mysticism, nature and greed collide in this
mind-bending, compulsively readable thriller from the author of
Tropic of Night and Valley of Bones, hailed by
the Washington Post as "miracles of intelligent fiction .
. . among the essential novels of recent years."
Deep in the jungles of Colombia, an American priest is shot dead
in his makeshift church.
A few weeks later an Indian shaman called Moie arrives in south
Florida, armed only with a bag of totems and the fearsome power of
Jaguar, his god.
In Miami, retired detective Jimmy Paz, his wife, and his
seven-year-old daughter are plagued by dreams of giant jungle cats
that haunt both their sleeping and waking hours.
When affluent Miami businessmen begin to die in gruesome
fashion, the local police are baffled by the lack of clues -- other
than the massive, catlike footprints that appear at the scene of
each murder. They turn to Paz, famous throughout the city for
cracking open two previous, impossible-to-solve cases, and for
reasons he doesn't dare share, he agrees to come out of his
self-imposed retirement to track the killer.
As Paz investigates, Moie finds refuge with a group of
ecologically minded activists who treat the strange little man as a
pet until they find out exactly what mission brought him to the
United States and that it's somehow connected to the grisly murders
that are occurring with frightening regularity. The deeper Paz digs
into the case, the closer to home the danger gets: his
investigation opens the door to his mysterious and shocking past
and he slowly begins to realize that the dreams he and his family
are having could mean the death of his beloved daughter. To save
her life -- and his own -- he must reach into the deepest corners
of his soul and find the strength to hold fast against the
irresistible pull of the spirit world.
Only Michael Gruber is capable of combining heart-stopping
action with a ferociously intelligent examination of what makes us
human, in novels that have been praised as "bold . . . provocative,
and frightening" (USA Today) and "dazzling, literate and
downright scary" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). Night of
the Jaguar is an unforgettable blend of imagination, suspense,
and thought-provoking inquiry into the nature of good and evil.