That’s right folks, my new fiction thriller, ‘Havana Mystery,’ is published and ready to enjoy. The short novella length, fast pace, and interesting story, make it perfect for a quick read before bed or during an afternoon break. It may be a fictional story, but it is based on real events, and joins together the opposing forces at work in Havana during the 1950s. The mixture of the glamorous, albeit hedonistic nightlife, with dangers brought about by Castro and his followers, including the heartbreaking Operation Pedro Pan, provide the perfect ingredients for one hell of a story. It was a time and place like no other, so brace yourself muchachos, and let the adventure begin!
What do you get when you combine pre-Castro Havana of the 1950’s, a missing American Naval officer, a sexy stewardess, kidnapping, President Truman, the mob and an American journalist who’s just sober enough to take on the adventure of his life?
A story that will seduce and captivate you like Havana itself. Strap yourself in, my friends, maracas, Mojitos, and the cha-cha-cha are calling your name. With a spin of the roulette wheel, it begins:
‘Sure, the tourists and sailors packed the Tropicana and Sans Souci nightclubs like rats on a sinking ship. They scrambed, eyes wide with desperation as they crowded the dance floor and gawked at the shows. They had finally found the one place on earth where they could experience pure joy. No worries here, it would seem. They were a world away from home, for God’s sake, in a place where the forbidden was put on display and offered up on a silver platter to those brave enough to partake. Why, I wondered, was it necessary to be in danger to experience pleasure? It would make sense that pleasure should have nothing to do with fear or danger, but the truth is they cannot exist without each other, and in no place was this more obvious and attainable then right now, right here in Havana.’ – Havana Mystery
Color postcards of Havana circa 1929, ‘Souvenir of Cuba’ postcard circa 1949, photo of Naval Officers and gal in club in Havana circa 1949. From collection of Kathleen Pfeiffer.