Not since The Secret History has a novel so flawlessly
married the ferocious intensity of an unforgettable thriller with
the depth, daring, and nuance of our most celebrated literary
fiction. Tropic of Night is a virtuoso performance -- an
unforgettably accomplished novel, a masterpiece of electricity and
Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism.
Now she's nothing, a shadow: after faking her own suicide, she's
living under an assumed identity in Miami with a little girl to
protect. Everyone thinks she's dead. Or so she hopes.
Then the killings start, a series of ritualistic murders that
terrifies all of Miami. The investigator is Jimmy Paz, a
Cuban-American police detective. There are witnesses, but they can
recall almost nothing of the events, as though their memories have
been erased -- as if a spell has been cast on each of them. Equally
bizarre is the string of clues Paz uncovers: a divination charm,
exotic drugs found in the bodies of the victims, a century-old
report telling of a secret place in the heart of Africa.
These clues point Paz inexorably toward the fugitive, Jane Doe,
and force Jane to realize that the darkness she has fled is seeking
her out, hunting her down. By the time her path intersects with
Jimmy Paz's, the two will be thrust into a cataclysmic battle
between good and an evil unimaginable to the Western mind.