By Lewis Shiner

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"With surpassing ability, Shiner creates a milieu of corruption, decay, and supreme redemption--populated with a forged priceless of Robert Stone. This savagely written novel is a complete original." --James Ellroy, writer of l. a. exclusive Years in the past, Eddie Yates disappeared into the rainforests of the Yucatan, a burned-out visionary looking for cosmic fact. A mysterious photograph sends Lindsey, his ex-wife, on a quest to deliver him again and places her on a collision direction with Eddie's brother Thomas, whose hope for her hasn't ever pale. Their seek leads them to the ruined Mayan temples of NaChan, deep within the jungle, the place mushrooms develop which may ship you again via time--or kill you. NaChan is sacred to the Landon Indians, and their enigmatic shaman Chan Ma'ax. however the ruins have additionally develop into a nexus for the political forces which are tearing Mexico aside. Lindsey, Thomas, and Eddie are quickly stuck among Carla's insurgent military and the key US paramilitary team referred to as the scuffling with 666th as they face off within the first conflict of the tip of the area.

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He spoke in Mayan, but slowly, so Eddie could follow. Eddie smiled and nodded to show he understood. The Ma’ax Garcia he was talking about was Eddie’s age, mid-thirties. He was Chan Ma’ax’s oldest son by his second wife. He loved the old man and wore himself out trying to help him. “They took all the mahogany,” Chan Ma’ax said. “So now we can’t even make new canoes. ” He pointed to the ceremonial canoe full of sugar Deserted Cities of the Heart 31 cane pulp, white bark, and water. It had been fermenting under a covering of palm leaves since the day before.

So,” Eddie said. ” Eddie assumed Chan Zapata would ignore the question, the way his father ignored anything he didn’t want to hear. Instead he looked angry. “No,” Chan Zapata said. ” Chan Zapata said. ” “Truly,” Eddie said. ” Chan Zapata smiled again, sadly this time, and walked away. E ve ry body e lse was back from the milpa, the corn field on the far side of the lake. Maybe fifteen men sat or squatted in a loose hierarchy on the floor of the godhouse. Eddie nodded to them and sat next to Ma’ax Garcia.

Thomas got up, sat back down again. Espinosa watched him. It’s the first weakness any of us have let him see, Thomas thought. We’ve been holed up here like some kind of pale foreign gods, doling out favors and expecting to be loved in return. No wonder they resent us. ” Espinosa asked gently. “No,” Thomas said. ” “Si, claro,” Espinosa said. ” It was the way he might have smiled at his son, at the University in Mexico City. The guard brought her in and Thomas stood up again. “Nothing, sir,” the guard said in Spanish and Espinosa nodded him away.

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