Sunday, January 16, 2011


On Saturday, December 11, 2010 I was invited to a Christmas Party in Coral Gables that was attended by over a hundred and twenty Cubans. Olga Connor (the well-known journalist whose weekly column in Miami’s El Nuevo Herald is very popular) was my ‘guide’, ably assisted by Agustin Rivero, the son of a dear friend from my old Cuban days. As you can see from the pictures, the party was a blow-out success.

Olga and Agustin made sure that I would meet those people present at the party who – in 1989 – had actually known and worked with Cuban Brigadier-General Arnaldo Ochoa, the officer whose tragic trial and execution inspired the plot of my latest thriller, Havana Harvest.

I also met Meme Solis (the popular pianist and singer) with whom I chatted at length about our late mutual friend, Dania Flores, the woman who – in the early ‘90’s – had helped me research the background for my book.

It was nice to have had the opportunity to recall some of the pleasant times the three of us (Dania, Meme and I) had spent together in New York and Miami, eating, drinking and dancing.

Alas, tempus fugit!

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