Dead Man in Paradise

Dead Man in Paradise

Unraveling A Murder From A Time of Revolution

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
The author describes his quest to find the truth about the death of his uncle, a Catholic priest, who was murdered in the Dominican Republic in 1965.

Blackwell North Amer

At nightfall on June 22, 1965, amid the turmoil of the Dominican revolution and U.S. military occupation, a soldier emerged from the outskirts of a small town to report that he had just shot and killed two policemen and an outspoken Catholic priest. It’s the opening scene in a mystery that, forty years later, compels writer J.B. MacKinnon—the priest’s nephew, born five years after the incident—to visit the island nation for himself. Beginning with scant official information, he embarks on a chilling investigation of what many believe was a carefully plotted assassination—and on a search for the uncle he never knew.

Winner of Canada’s highest award for literary nonfiction, Dead Man in Paradise takes MacKinnon to corners of the country far from the Caribbean paradise seen by millions of tourists; he meets with former revolutionaries and shadowy generals from the era of dictatorship, family members of the slain policemen, and struggling Dominicans for whom the dead priest is a martyr, perhaps even a saint. Along the way, he uncovers a story inseparable from the brutal history of the New World, from the fallout of American invasion, and from the pure longing for social justice that once touched a generation. Part memoir, part travelogue, part mystery thriller, Dead Man in Paradise is “a testament to the enduring virtues of literary journalism” (The Georgia Straight).

& Taylor

A three-time National Magazine Award winner documents his search for the truth behind his priest uncle's murder in a U.S. military-occupied Caribbean town in 1965, tracing his discovery of a complicated assassination plot and his interviews with former revolutionaries, dictatorship-era soldiers, and the families of other victims. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : New Press, 2007
ISBN: 9781595581815
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 MAC
Characteristics: 261 p. : map ; 21 cm


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