Bitter Sugar, by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera. William...

Book Brief

November 04, 2001|By Oline H. Cogdill | Oline H. Cogdill,Knight Ridder / Tribune

Bitter Sugar, by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera. William Morrow. 336 pages. $24.

Miami author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera continues her unique perspective on South Florida's Cuban exile community in Bitter Sugar, her sixth novel. The vagaries of culture, identity and tropical politics are skillfully woven into the private-eye novel.

Lupe Solano's skills as a tenacious private investigator have earned her the respect of some of Miami's best attorneys, police detectives and politicians. Her reputation has helped the Cuban-American build a successful sleuthing firm by herself. Lupe has barely begun to look for a mysterious sugar mill buyer when the case takes a fatal turn.

"An ambitious risk taker," by her own admission, Lupe's personality continues to be integral to the plot as she embraces both a contemporary view and her family's Old World culture.

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