Set in Cuba's Sierra Maestra in the 1950s, in the days leading up to the Revolution--Manchette's unfinished masterpiece with a fearless female protagonist.Out of the wreckage of World War II swaggers Ivory Pearl,so named (rhymes with girl) by some British soldiers whomade her their mascot, a mere kid, orphaned, survivor ofGod knows what, but fluent in French, English, smoking,and drinking. In Berlin, Ivy meets Samuel Farakhan, a richcloseted intelligence officer. Farakhan proposes to adopther and help her to become the photographer she wantsto be; his relationship to her will provide a certain coverfor him. And she is an asset. The deal is struck...1956: Ivy has seen every conflict the postwar worldhas on offer, from Vietnam to East Berlin, and has publishedher photographs in slick periodicals, but she is sick todeath of death and bored with life and love. It's time fora break. Ivy heads to Cuba, the Sierra Maestra.History, however, doesn't take vacations.Ivory Pearlwas Jean-Patrick Manchette's last book,representing a new turn in his writing. It was to be thefirst of a series of ambitious historical thrillers about the';wrong times' we live in. Though left unfinished whenManchette died, the book, whose full plot has been filledin here from the author's notes, is a masterpiece of boldsuspense and black comedy: chilling, caustic, and perfectlychoreographed.
Ivory Pearlav Jean-Patrick Manchette
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