Friday, February 03, 2017

FFB: Beneath a Panamanian Moon -- David Terrenoire

The cover plainly says "A Mystery," but this isn't a mystery novel.  Yes, there is a mystery, but this is a balls-to-the wall spy novel, with plenty of humor and a great setting.

John Harper has retired from the spy game, and all he wants to do is play piano in clubs and for parties in D.C., while having a great time with the women (he's irresistible).  Unfortunately for him, but fortunately for the reader, he's forced back into the game.  It seems that something strange is going on in Panama and that there just happens to be a need there for a piano player.  Not far from Panama City in an abandoned resort, someone is training people for something big.  Who's getting trained, and what's the something big?  That's what Harper's to find out, and he does, but not until after many deaths, explosions, narrow escapes, chases, and pursuits.  All with lots of snappy patter, great characters, and romance.

Along with the action, there's a wonderfully executed setting.  You'll learn something about the history of the relations between the U.S., too, and Panama and about life in Panama City.  Terrific entertainment all the way.

8 comments:

George said...

This sounds great! I'm ordering it right now!

Cele Deemer said...

I just got back from a trip to Panama - this sounds right up my alley!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Damn. Can't believe I never heard of the book or the author. It sounds great.

Don Coffin said...

I always confuse the title of this book with the title of Richard Dreyfus's movie, "Moon Over Parador," which is (sad to say) only intermittently funny.

Don Coffin said...

I actually just focused on the author's last name...which looks like "Black Earth"

David Terrenoire said...

You are too kind. I'm glad you liked it.

TracyK said...

You have convinced me, I love a good spy novel. Very glad you posted on this one. Thanks.

Mathew Paust said...

It's on my list--now. Sounds perfect for a Brian de Palma movie.