War in Cuba isn't Ben Tyler's concern. Still, sailing mares and guns into Havana harbor in 1898--right past the submerged wreckage of the U.S. battleship <i>Maine</i>--may not be the smartest thing the recently prison-sprung horse wrangler ever did. Neither is shooting one of the local Guardia, though the pompous peacock deserved it. Now Tyler's sitting tight in a vermin-infested Cuban stockade waiting to face a firing squad. But he's not dying until he gets the money he's owed from a two-timing American sugar baron. And there's one smart, pistol-hot lady at the rich man's side who could help Ben get everything he's got rightfully coming...even when the whole damn island's going straight to hell.
Pros: A crime story with a war setting? How can you go wrong? Cons: I'll just leave this and avoid an obvious cliche here. The Bottom Line: My my, Cuba really came full circle, didn't it? What we have here is the result of what happens when the brilliant crime author Elmore Leonard goes completely bonkers after reading too much James Michener. In Cuba Libre, Leonard returns us back to the olden days, when he was writing westerns … more