FIDEL'S LAST DAYS
Shaye Areheart Books, December 2008
Former CIA agent Carolina Perez has spent five years working deep undercover for a very secret and very powerful organization. Their mission is to bring down Castro and free Cuba from the grip of his long and troubled regime. She believes in her heart that the cause she works for is just, even though it means lying to her wealthy and influential ex pat uncle, Roberto Anzar. What she doesn't know is how deep the deception goes and how intricate the web of lies and contradictions truly is.
In Cuba, Carlos Gutierrez, the embattled and disillusioned minister of health, faces his own demons and is at great risk as he undertakes his role in the plot to rid the island nation of her communist restraints. From the hot, roiling streets and glittering beaches of Miami to the crumbling and faded elegance of Old Havana, Fidel's Last Days is a dynamic and explosive thriller that leads readers on a breathless journey into the heart of a nation longing for change.
"Fidel's Last Days is a wry, humane, thinking-man's thriller. Roland Merullo has written a novel that is, in every way, worthy of comparisons to Graham Greene and only Graham Greene. One of the best books of the year."
– Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and The Given Day
"Heart-stopping... [Merullo] is simply a throwback to the days when novels by serious writers — Stevenson, Conrad, Greene — often had what are called ‘plots.’ "
– St. Petersburg Times
"Fidel's Last Days is not only a taut, expertly crafted page-turner; it is also a tender yet unsentimental exploration of the universal yearning to be free, a yearning which sometimes means having to kill one of your own. This is a timely, important, and moving novel, and I urge you to read it!"
– Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand
and Fog and The Garden of Last Days
"A fast-paced and highly satisfying spy thriller... Merullo seamlessly switches the action from Miami, where a secret organization of Cuban expatriates is plotting to kill Castro, to Havana, where we see Castro's dictatorship in action ... Roland Merullo takes readers on a fictional thrill ride filled with so much danger and drama that they won't want it to end."
– Boston Globe
"After two light comedies with spiritual overtones, American Savior and Breakfast with Buddha, Merullo mines far darker material to construct a powerful tale of modern-day, devastated Cuba and its all but indestructible dictator, Fidel Castro... ... The suspense is as thick as an authentic café cubano, and the labyrinthine plot appears to point to a successful conclusion, until Merullo jams the knife in one last time and gives this timely thriller a final, chilling twist."
– Publishers Weekly