Central America -- fiction

Mosquito Coast

By Paul Theroux

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Rebelling against the horrors of modern American existence, a father moves his family to the remote jungle of Honduras to make a better life. Things start to go wrong, and the father, unable to admit he is wrong or that he might need help, brings tragedy upon his family.
Also available as a downloadable audio book and as a film, starring Harrison Ford.

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The Tailor of Panama

By John LeCarre

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"Le Carre's Panama is a Casablanca without heroes, a hotbed of drugs, laundered money and corruption. It is also the country which on December 31, 1999, will gain full control of the Panama Canal.

"Seldom has the weight of politics descended so heavily on such a tiny and unprepared nation. And seldom has the hidden eye of the British Intelligence selected such an unlikely champion as Harry Pendel - a charmer, a dreamer, an evader, a fabulist and presiding genius to the house of Pendel & Braithwaite Co. Limitada, Tailors to Royalty, formerly of London and presently of Panama City.

"Yet there is a logic to the spies' choice, for everybody who is anybody in Cental America passes through Pendel's doors. He dresses politicos and crooks and conmen. His fitting room hears more confidences than the priest's confessional. And when Harry Pendel doesn't hear things as such - well, he hears them anyway, by other means."

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Rising from the Ruins

By Daniel Peters

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A sophisticated, oft-times humourous adventure set at a Mayan archaeology dig. Unemployed writer Harp Tyler accepts an invitation to help with the excavation at Baktun, hoping to find material for a new novel. What he finds besides the plodding drudgery of an archaeological dig is the intriguing history of the Maya, jungle beasts, militant Guatemalans, and a renewed sense of self.

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