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About the author
Thomas Sanchez is a descendant of cattlemen dating back four generations in California to the nineteenth-century Gold Rush. He was born days after his father was killed at the age of twenty-one in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II. Sanchez’s novels have received numerous honors, and he has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship and is a Chevalier of France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Sanchez is also the director of a documentary film, Into the Light, chronicling the life of Jack Garfein, legendary film director and Actors Studio icon, and survivor of eleven concentration camps. Sanchez divides his time between San Francisco, Key West, and Paris.
In the press
“[This] power-packed thriller. . . . rises to the level of ferocious dramatic polemic against some of the worst crimes against nature—and, by extension, humanity.”
—Alan Cheuse, San Francisco Chronicle
“American Tropic propels its cast into a murky world of murder and consequence, with rapid-fire vignettes, an expanding collage of personalities, and a thickening mystery to compel the reader toward a satisfying finale.”
—Dimitri Nasrallah, The Toronto Star
“The print equivalent of a character-driven film by Robert Altman. . . . A swift-moving, entertaining book with a timely message.”
—Doug Childers, Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A creepy tale of Florida noir. . . . American Tropic has a fever-dream intensity and a pace as breathless as a steamy island night.”
—Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times
“There are two elements that make American Tropic worth reading. The first is Sanchez’s rare ability to peel back the flora and fauna of his real-world settings in order to get into the cracks and crevices of scenery and backgrounds that most people notice fleetingly—if at all—out of their side windows as they move from Point A to Point B. The second is the power of his prose, which, after four decades of writing, remains undiminished.”
"A bold eco-thriller of wild truth and poetry destined to take its place alongside The Monkey Wrench Gang."
--Philip Caputo, author of Acts of Faith and A Rumor of War
From the Hardcover edition.