by James Roberto Curtis
Published: 30 Jun 1996
Bind: Trade Paperback
Miguel is Cuban-American, with the accent on American. But beneath the surface of his sun-drenched Miami lifestyle lurks an evil that threatens to destroy him. The chance reading of a newspaper article reporting a stolen skull and the ritualistic murder of a petty drug dealer pushes Miguel into an underworld where his cultural roots grab him like tentacles. His newly kindled compulsion to learn more about his culture brings him pleasure in the sensuous beauty of Ileana and pain in the enticing danger of voodoo.
Thrust into a tailspin world dominated by santería, the Afro-Caribbean religion of his native island, Miguel and Ileana must find their way among mysterious cult initiations, drum ceremonies to invoke African deities, and ultimately, a hair-raising confrontation with the terrible god Shangó. Chock full of fascinating characters, from the absent minded professor to the touch but sentimental detective, from the inept thugs Hermán and Dago to the malevolent Rosa, and with the added intrigue of Afro-Caribbean religious rituals, Shangó is spellbinding and engrossing.
“Intriguing… Neatly told, nice love interest, fairly mild melodrama, and rich backgrounds on occult and voodoo practices.” —Kirkus Reviews
JAMES ROBERTO CURTIS is a professor at California State University – Long Beach. He is the author of two award-winning books, The Cuban-American Experience (Rowman and Allenheld, 1984) and The Mexican Border Cities (University of Arizona, 1993).