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Havana

(2003)
(The third book in the Earl Swagger series)
A novel by

 
 
Havana, the sultry spring of 1953: gambling is expensive, sex is cheap, and death is free.

A half-hour by air from Miami, it's the world's hottest -- and most dangerous -- city. From the plush mobster casinos in Centro to the backstreet brothels on Zanja Street, you can get anything you want, for a price. The city is the linchpin of many empires: the Mafia's, the CIA's, numerous American corporations', El Presidente's, and even the vice lords' of Old Havana. It must be protected at all costs.

But now there's a threat. A young lawyer, a kid named Castro, is giving speeches. He speaks of reform, of change, of self-determination. He speaks of...of revolution even.

This danger must be dealt with. So, into the steamy, sunny climate of corruption come two men, both unafraid, both skilled, both tough as ball bearings. They would be friends in a sane world, for they are so similar in their capabilities and experiences. But now they have to be enemies, because the Cold War is at its apogee: one is American, the other Russian.

The American is named Earl Swagger. A Medal of Honor winner on Iwo Jima, a toughened gunman from adventures in Hot Springs and the swamps of Mississippi, Earl has been conned by two young Old Boys of the CIA to become Our Gun in Havana.

The Russian, Speshnev, also a veteran of tough battles (from Spain in '36 to Berlin in '45, with a few stays in the gulag just for seasoning), has a similar assignment: he too is sent by strategic gamesters to pay attention to that same young orator. But his job is protection, not elimination.

Neither man's assignment will be easy. For, like an orchid hot house, Havana's climate grows spectacular specimens: the wise old mobster king Meyer Lansky, who runs the casinos for his nervous New York sponsors; the syndicate hitman Frankie Carbine, Frankie Horsekiller of the famed Times Square massacre; the secret police officer called Ojos Bellos -- Beautiful Eyes -- for his penchant to interrogate at scalpel point; the beautiful Filipina Jean-Marie Augustine, who knows so much; and even those crew-cut, cheery young CIA fellows on the embassy's Third Floor, behind whose baby-blues and tender faces lurk all manner of deviousness. And everybody wants something.

In Havana, Stephen Hunter has produced a truly epic adventure story, shot-through with violence, eroticism, and the pressures of big money and big politics, set in a legendary time and place. His hero, Earl Swagger, fights his enemies, his superiors, and his own temptations and, in the end, has to decide what is worth killing for -- and what is worth dying for. He knows only one thing for certain: that he's a pawn in somebody else's game. But a pawn with a Colt Super .38 in his shoulder holster and the skill and will to use it fast and well is a formidable man, indeed.

Genre: Thriller

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Hardback Editions

August 2005 : UK Hardback
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Title: Havana (Charnwood Large Print)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-84395-869-4 / 978-1-84395-869-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd
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March 2004 : UK Hardback
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Title: Havana
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-84413-606-X / 978-1-84413-606-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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January 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 0-7862-5901-9 / 978-0-7862-5901-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 0-7432-3808-7 / 978-0-7432-3808-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Paperback Editions

July 2011 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4516-2724-6 / 978-1-4516-2724-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Star
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July 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4165-1469-4 / 978-1-4165-1469-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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April 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59413-065-5 / 978-1-59413-065-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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April 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 0-7434-5797-8 / 978-0-7434-5797-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger, Book 3)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 0-7434-8751-6 / 978-0-7434-8751-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
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July 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Havana
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 0-09-947144-2 / 978-0-09-947144-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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Audio Editions

June 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4915-0936-8 / 978-1-4915-0936-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4915-0937-6 / 978-1-4915-0937-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4558-1543-8 / 978-1-4558-1543-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4558-1544-6 / 978-1-4558-1544-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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July 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4558-1545-4 / 978-1-4558-1545-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4418-5650-1 / 978-1-4418-5650-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2008 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59335-247-6 / 978-1-59335-247-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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May 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4233-3373-X / 978-1-4233-3373-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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May 2007 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-4233-3374-8 / 978-1-4233-3374-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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March 2005 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59600-402-9 / 978-1-59600-402-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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October 2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59355-173-8 / 978-1-59355-173-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2004 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger Series)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59335-515-7 / 978-1-59335-515-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59355-168-1 / 978-1-59355-168-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation
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October 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59355-169-X / 978-1-59355-169-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Havana: A Swagger Family Novel (Earl Swagger)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59355-170-3 / 978-1-59355-170-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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October 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59355-171-1 / 978-1-59355-171-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Corp
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October 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Havana (Earl Swagger Novels)
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
ISBN: 1-59355-172-X / 978-1-59355-172-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Kindle Editions

October 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel
Author(s): Stephen Hunter
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA