Correa, Arnaldo. Spy’s Fate. Akashic Books. May 2002. c302p. ISBN 1-888451-28-9. $24.95. Fiction.

A Cuban spy, caught between an old enemy in the CIA and his own State Security Police faces a series of Kafkaesque twists in Havana author Correa’s first English-language novel. In 1994, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Carlos Manuel returns from Africa to Havana to find everything changed. His wife has committed suicide, his three children are estranged from their father, the country’s economy is in shambles, and he himself is without a job or a home. When the kids embark for the States on a raft, Carlos Manuel follows to protect them. The CIA, meanwhile, learns that a high-ranking Cuban Intelligence officer has defected but can’t find him. In time, the FBI, the CIA, and the Cuban Ministry of the Interior are all in pursuit of the presumed defector. After spending time in a Florida refugee camp and in Vermont, Carlos Manuel returns to Cuba, only to find that every accident of fate is presumed to be part of an elaborate plot of his own making. Though the novel’s tight threads slacken near the end, this is an engrossing portrait, highly recommended for all public libraries.

LJ, vol. 127, no. 7 (April 15, 2002), 124.

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