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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (842 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Gruber Narrator: Margaret Whitton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Jane Doe was a promising anthropologist, an expert on shamanism. Now she's nothing, a shadow living under an assumed identity in Miami with a little girl to protect. Everyone thinks she's dead. Or so Jane hopes.

Then the killings start, a series of ritualistic murders that terrifies all of Miami. The investigator is Jimmy Paz, a Cuban-American police detective. There are witnesses, but they can recall almost nothing of the events, as though their memory has been erased -- as if a spell has been cast on each of them. Equally bizarre is the string of clues Paz uncovers: a divination charm, exotic drugs found in the bodies of the victims, a century-old report telling of a secret place in the heart of Africa.

These clues point Paz inexorably toward the fugitive, Jane Doe, and force Jane to realize that the darkness she has fled is hunting her down. By the time her path intersects with Jimmy Paz's, the two will be thrust into a cataclysmic battle with an evil unimaginable to the Western mind.

Performed by Margaret Whitton.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sorcery, magic, witchcraft—by whatever name, no matter what you think about it now, you will take it more seriously after you’ve experienced this mind-bending novel…The author wields his own sorcery as he lures us into the hallucinatory world of his imagination. No summary can do justice to the richness and fascination of this novel.”

    Washington Post 

  • “Brilliant and riveting. Tropic of Night combines a chilling and original plot with the sort of superb writing and deep characters you only expect from the finest literary fiction.”

    Phillip Margolin, author of Wild Justice and Ties That Bind

  • “Michael Gruber has written a book with such intelligence, confidence, dazzling bits of arcane knowledge and downright page-turning scariness that other novelists are going to want to just smack him. Absolutely mesmerizing…Equal parts literary novel and thriller…Gruber has an astonishing way of pulling in the reader. ”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “A dark, brilliant book with as indelible a central character as Smilla from Smilla’s Sense of Snow.”

    Martin Cruz Smith, author of Gorky Park

  • “A fresh, intelligent thriller that will alter the way you see the world…One of the most absorbing and original novels I’ve read this year…[Gruber’s] unforgettable heroine, Jane Doe, is a rare and remarkable creation.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune 

  • “Wow—what an incredible talent! Michael Gruber is a gifted writer with a truly distinct voice. Tropic of Night is a superb read that draws you down into its dark spell of murder and magic. Astonishing.”

    Ridley Pearson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer and The Art of Deception

  • “Bold, provacative, and frightening…An extraordinary debut.”

    USA Today

  • “A blockbuster…Just when it looks as if detective fiction has plowed every gory, suspenseful possibility, along comes a novel that raises the stakes on the genre…Gruber creates a hallucinatory atmosphere as unsettling as it is exciting.”


  • “An intricate thriller…Gruber keeps his far-flung locations, complicated characters and anthropological information perfectly balanced in this finely crafted, intelligent and original work. While readying herself for battle, Jane’s commentary on cleaning her rare Mauser pistol could read equally well as a description of Gruber’s meticulous plotting: ‘Each part pops free with a precisely directed pressure and snaps in with a satisfying click, just where it belongs.’”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Monstrously entertaining…Cleverly drawn characters, trunkloads of ethnobotanical factoids…The climax is pleasantly apocalyptic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cara | 2/15/2014

    " I gave it a 3 only because there were LOTS of words that were from an African language (that I don't speak or read) so you often had to reference the glossary in the back (thank gooddness for the glossary!) but for the most part you could read it and get the jist with out looking up every word. I really like the story - wierd, wild stuff! How the characters intersected, her 'found' child. It was really good. I bought it randomly off a bargain book table at Harry W. Schwartz. A favorite Milwaukee book store. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 2/12/2014

    " Good book - adventure mostly, but some voodoo kinda stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jillann | 2/11/2014

    " Great mystery/suspense novel! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea | 1/27/2014

    " A little too much magic and sorcery for my tastes, and I thought the journal entries really bogged down the momentum. I really like Mami Paz, though. "

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