On the eve of the Cuban Revolution, headstrong 18-year-old Francesca Pacelli flees from her ruthless Mafia-boss father in Havana to the arms of her lover, a rebel fighting with Fidel Castro. Her father, desperate to send her to safety in the US, resorts to torture and blackmail as he searches the island for her.
So begins the first part of a spellbinding saga that spans three generations of the same family. Decades later, the family is lured back to Cuba by the promise of untold riches. But pursuing those riches brings danger as well as opportunity, and ultimately, Francesca's family must confront the lethal consequences of their choices.
From the troubled streets of Havana to the mean streets of Chicago, Havana Lost reveals the true cost of chasing power instead of love.
Havana Lost is award-winning author Libby Fischer Hellmann's 10th novel and third thriller that explores how strife and revolution affect the human spirit. Havana Lost is a testament to Hellmann's gift for authentic historical detail as well as her talent for writing compulsively readable and listenable thrillers.
Havana Lost? Havana Found!
It is Monday afternoon and I am on vacation. In fact, I'm at the beach and have only been here since Saturday afternoon! Libby Fisher Hellman gave me a copy of her new novel, HAVANA LOST, to read and review so I brought it along. I thought possibly I could spend a little time here and there this week, lost in HAVANA LOST. I just finished the whole thing!
Once I began reading this book, I could NOT put it down. I am disappointed as I still have 5 more days at the beach and am left with a dried and curled old Agathy Christie paperback. I did not want HAVANA LOST to end!
HAVANA LOST begins in the story of the headstrong 18-year old Frencesca Pacelli, daughter of a conncected American casino owner in old Havana, Cuba, at the end of the 1950's. Francesca runs away with her lover, a freedom fighter with Fidel Castro, as her father turns the island upside down trying to find her and send her to safety in the US. The story follows three generations of the Pacelli family, from the troubled streets of revolutionary Havana to the present as the past catches up in Chicago.
Ms. hellmann paints a vivid and colorful pucture of Cuba as Fidel Castro and Che Guevera fight the corruption of the Batista as well as the post Soviet Union Cuba of abject poverty and a failed ideal.
Be prepared. Once you begin listening to this book, you WILL NOT be able to put it down until you hear the very end. And you will hear it with reluctance because it will mean the end of a riveting story.
great read! (or listen!)
I have been reading Libby Fisher Hellmann's books since the first one came out and am delighted that she just gets better and better! She has gone from police and detective heroines to expansive multi-character, multi-location, multi-plot stories. They are more than mysteries... they are fascinating novels. Her research is impeccable -- she shares her first hand knowledge of Chicago, Cuba and history in a powerful story. Thank you, Libby!