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Tropic of Night by Michael Gruber
In Tropic of Night, Jane Doe, an heiress from Long Island and an anthropologist, is married to Witt, a handsome black poet with a lot of hatred against white society. They visited Africa and stayed with the Olo tribe, practicioners of potent sorcery and the roots of Santera, an Afro-Cubano religion. When they returned to the U.S,. Witt becomes convinced that he must become a black Hitler to bring war to the white world. Jane escapes and hides out in Miami from her husband. When she learns about the ritual murders of pregnant women, she knows her husband is behind them, using the murders to build within himself a powerful black magic. Together with the police detective investigating the murders, she knows she must meet Witt in the final confrontation. Tropic of Night is Michael Gruber's debut novel and it has met with high praise from "an astonishing piece of fiction" (Washington Post) to "a demonstration of rare writing talent" (Denver Post) to "this is no ordinary thriller" (St. Petersburg Times). A wonderful book!