Under the Carib Sun (An Adel Destin Crime Novel)

Ro Cuzon

Thirteen years prior to Dixie Moon, Adel Destin is far from rock bottom, and far from coming clean. In fact, the Manhattan-born dope smuggler is on top of his game. Or so he thinks. Barely escaping Marseilles with his life, Adel lands on the exclusive Caribbean island of St. Barts, where he soon runs afoul of the local crime boss and finds himself in a race for his life. Turns out life on plush St.-Barts can be as cheap as in the meanest asphalt jungle.



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Thirteen years prior to Dixie Moon, Adel Destin is far from rock bottom, and far from coming clean. In fact, the Manhattan-born dope smuggler is on top of his game. Or so he thinks. Barely escaping Marseilles with his life, Adel lands on the exclusive Caribbean island of St. Barts, where he hopes to relax on the hot sand. But fate–and the inability to change his ways–lands him in hot water instead. Adel meets Seb, a local small-time drug-dealer looking to take his business to the next level, and Daphnée, a drop-dead gorgeous cocktail waitress who seems to instantly succumb to his bad-boy charm. For a very short while, life in St. Barts is indeed paradise. Until Adel and Seb run afoul of the neighboring island’s main drug lord, and Daphnée turns out to have a secret agenda. Soon there’s blood on the white sand beaches, paradise slides into purgatory, as Adel learns that life on plush St.-Barts can be as cheap as in the meanest asphalt jungle.

“At first glance, it’s hard to see what sunny, decadent St. Barts has in common with Washington, D.C., but Cuzon’s terrific novel is reminiscent of George Pelecanos’s loving portraits of quotidian D.C. It tells the story of the people who choose to work and live in a place we think we know, with only glancing interest in the rich and powerful who make it their playground. Adel Destin is no innocent, but that’s the point–violence washes over all the characters in this novel, sparing no one. I read it in two greedy sittings, but I feel as if I had the luxury of spending an entire season in St. Barts, albeit one the tourists never see. - Laura Lippman

About the Author

The Blues and getting punched in the face were the two biggest influences in Rodolphe Cuzon’s development as a writer. Born in Brittany, France, Ro boxed for several years as a teenager and dropped out of high school to play guitar in a band. He has lived in France, San Francisco, the Caribbean, and Brooklyn, Read more »