Jordan is relaxing in the Miami sun, an Inuit thawing out after a tough New York winter. One afternoon he drops by a shooting range; maintaining skills is a part of being a Navy SEAL even when he’s enjoying an extended break. The owner, Tito Sanchez, watches with awe as Jordan fires with an accuracy and speed Tito’s never seen before. One of the targets is a 7x10 glossy of Florida congressman Miles Ewen, an outspoken critic of firearms sales and enemy of the NRA.
Jordan meets the boozy Niven Moorhead, a colorful former foreign correspondent and full-time alcoholic, who alludes to a plot that could threaten American security. Later Niven’s body is found on the outskirts of Lemon City, which some call Little Haiti. He was slain in a bloody, ritualistic manner. The official report called it a voodoo rite, and the papers and TV news run with it.
Among those who doubt the official story are members of the resentful Haitian-American community. The most articulate objector is Claudette Basile, a singer in Savanette, a popular nightclub. She gives investigators a hard time when they question her after a gig. Jordan is at a nearby table, and he strikes up a conversation when the cops depart.
Claudette tells him what she figures is really going on, even though she has no proof. For many reasons, some obvious, some not, she intrigues Jordan. He starts to investigate on his own, and then asks for Claudette’s help. They conclude that the animal bones, mutilations and indecipherable drawings were bogus artifacts, designed to mislead detectives and journalists.
As they dig deeper, they find that the trio of murders were actually the work of a lethal organization much closer to home.
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