***THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER. WE WILL RESCHEDULE FOR THE SUMMER.***
Bank Square Books presents an author discussion and book signing with Robin Lloyd, author of the new historical thriller, Harbor of Spies: A Novel of Historic Havana. After local stops on his last book tour, Lloyd knew seafaring Mystic would be the perfect place to share his new tale of maritime intrigue in 1860s Spanish colonial Cuba. This event is free and open to the public
About the Book
Everett Townsend is forced to work for a profiteering Spanish merchant who introduces him to a world of spies, blockade runners, and slave traders. As a foreigner and an outsider in Cuba, he struggles to maintain his own sense of identity. Even at sea, where his ship-handling skills are put to the ultimate test against the Navy’s powerful gunships, he finds he is unable to avoid reminders about the unsolved murder of a top English diplomat. From the bars, to the docks, to the dance halls, Townsend’s path moves from colonial Havana to the slave plantations in the interior. Together with the daughter of an American innkeeper in Havana he confronts the veiled, dangerous forces he finds on the island. The novel is a richly drawn portrait of Spanish colonial Havana at a time when the city was flush with sugar wealth and filled with signs of the American Civil War. It is a realistic look at Cuba’s role in the war, and the importance of the scores of blockade running ships- both sail and steam- that ran the gauntlet of the Union blockade from Havana into the Gulf of Mexico.
HARBOR OF SPIES is an historical novel set in Havana in 1863 during the American Civil War, when the Spanish colonial city was alive with intrigue and war related espionage.