Synopses & Reviews
Thomas Sanchez’s American Tropic
is a heart-racing ecological thriller that showcases today’s headline issues. Sanchez’s first Key West novel, Mile Zero,
was hailed by The Washington Post Book World
as a “holy terror of a book of immense power and passion,” acclaimed by The New York Times Book Review
as “dazzling,” and lauded by Vanity Fair
as “mythmaking and magisterial.” Now, Sanchez returns again to America’s famous southernmost continental point, Key West.
This exotic island city in the Florida Keys is being terrorized by horrific murders committed by a mysterious voodoo assassin. With each new kill, it becomes clear that the skeleton-clad executioner has an ecological agenda. The novel propels us through a complex maze populated by rapacious developers, ruthless scammers, and common folk engaged in heroic acts to save their community.
The characters, from the defenders of America’s only continental reef to the destroyers of marine life, are all swept up in this torrent of horrors. Everyone dreads being the killer’s next victim as the clock counts down to the end of hurricane season and the final dramatic explosion of fear and rage.
With canny perception and striking revelations, American Tropic illuminates a world of dark desires, hidden truths, and colliding destinies.
"In Sanchez's new eco-thriller, a serial killer in a skeleton outfit is offing locals who've inflicted harm on the island paradise of Key West, Fla. Somewhere offshore, self-proclaimed 'eco shock jock' Noah tries to get people outraged about environmental abuses; on land, he wants to win back his wife. Meanwhile, Luz, a Cuban-American lesbian detective, struggles to get ahead of the killer while caring for her leukemia-afflicted daughter. As a second-generation cop, Luz knows the stories about her father slaying a similar killer, Bizango, years before. Could this be another Bizango, or even the original Bizango, alive and back in action? The killer's identity remains mysterious to the end, which involves a secret lair in a Civil War era fort. In Sanchez's hands, Key West is a familiar place, with open-air bars and tourist traps, and his characters are a typically colorful bunch, including a dogfight promoter, a tough-as-nails female shrimper, and a cocky real estate developer. Sanchez has affection for the community, the action proceeds with cinematic economy, and the plot is tight. The excitement is somewhat undermined by instances of clunky dialogue and the too-familiar setting and cast, especially when compared to T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
An electrifying new novel set in one of America's most fascinating locations—Key West.
An eco-thriller that unfolds in the exotic, ever-vibrant southernmost city of the continental United States, the story follows a series of mysterious and gruesome murders that terrify the community. The book is filled with colorful characters, which include the operator of an off-shore pirate radio station, a female Cuban-American police lieutenant, the developer who wants to turn Key West into another Disney World, and a war vet who preaches a millennial scenario. Here is the "Conch Republic" in all its high and low life, its free and easy ways, and its canny perception of the America beyond.
American Tropic is a bold new work of ecological rage and apocalyptic fear that explores the island's dark desires and hidden truths—and a terrific read.
Thomas Sanchez’ Key West novel, MILE ZERO
, was hailed by the Washington Post
to be a "holy terror of a book of immense power and passion” and acclaimed by the New York Times
as, “bursting with vital characters in a brilliantly contrived plot.” Sanchez returns to America’s famous Southernmost point in the Florida Keys with American Tropic.
The exotic island city of Key West is terrorized by horrific murders committed by a mysterious voodoo assassin. The novel propels us through a complex maze populated by rapacious developers, ruthless scammers and common folk struggling in heroic acts for moral high ground. In the midst of the mayhem only two people hold the key to unlocking a startling truth--Noah Sax, a pirate radio shock-jock crusading against the destruction of the environment, and Luz Zamora, a homicide detective and dedicated mother defending her family. The final showdown of apocalyptic fear and ecological rage dramatically explodes in a shocking turnaround of redemptive fervor.
About the Author
THOMAS SANCHEZ is a descendant of cattlemen dating back four generations in California to the 1800s Gold Rush. He was born days after his father was killed at the age of twenty-one in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. Sanchez’s novels Rabbit Boss, Mile Zero, Day of the Bees, Zoot-Suit Murders, and King Bongo have received numerous honors, including the Guggenheim Award and in France the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Sanchez is also the director of a film documentary, Sacred Monster, chronicling the life of Jack Garfein, survivor of eleven concentration camps, Actors Studio icon and legendary film director. Sanchez divides his time between San Francisco, Key West and Paris.