"…Harrington's best by far, a story about the internal place where the currents of fear and desire lap against the shores of danger." --Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer A noir thriller from Kent Harrington set in Guatemala, Red Jungle stems from the author's intimate knowledge of the modern-day country and its legacy of 100 years of political tyranny. Russell"…Harrington's best by far, a story about the internal place where the currents of fear and desire lap against the shores of danger." --Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer A noir thriller from Kent Harrington set in Guatemala, Red Jungle stems from the author's intimate knowledge of the modern-day country and its legacy of 100 years of political tyranny. Russell Cruz-Price was the child of an elite family of American father and a high-society Guatemalan mother. After his mother’s murder at an early age, supposedly at the hands of communist insurgents, cheated him out of a normal childhood, Russell has come to view the world as a hostile place. Educated at U.S. military school and college, Russell is a financial reporter sent to Guatemala to cover a politically chaotic and increasingly dangerous economy, where prices are crashing and the policies mandated by Washington and the IMF have failed to keep the country from the brink of disaster. While on assignment, Russell befriends a young German archaeologist, Gustav Mahler, who believes that a priceless treasure from Mayan antiquity -- the legendarily lost "Red Jaguar" -- can be unearthed on a certain failing coffee plantation. The two men pool their resources and enter the jungle in pursuit of fame and riches. In the search for fortune, Russell will gamble his all in a game where not only his future, but that of the entire country of Guatemala is at stake....
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Red Jungle Reviews
An American journalist with a Guatemalan mother goes back in search of his roots and gets involved in multiple intrigues-- financial, sexual and political. (An affair with the knockout wife of the army intelligence chief? Sure, why not?) The term 'death wish' leaps to mind. Harrington does not paint a pretty picture of Guatemala in the New World Order. Call it noir with a political conscience. Or another entry in the "gringo slowly going mad in the tropics" genre. Whatever it is, it got me hooked.
Until "The Rat Machine" came along, this was Kent Harrington's most ambitious work, and I thought it was his best too. As a Harrington fan, I was very impressed by "Red Jungle." Here we have another sexually obsessed anti-hero seemingly bent on self-destruction and moving inexorably ahead in full knowledge of what awaits. But "Red Jungle" builds on this foundation. The Guatemalan settings provide a vivid backdrop for the political/economic themes and the exciting adventure story, with the usual lacing of mordant humor. I wish H.G. Clouzot were with us still to film it.
kindle Even though I do not really read this kind of book,(mysteries) the fact that it takes place in Guatemala where I grew up spiked my interest