Beneath a Panamanian Moon

David Terrenoire

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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One of the freshest thrillers in recent years is this unique blend of Stephen Hunter meets Carl Hiassen

WANTED: Private firm seeks former military personnel for overseas assignment. Must be proficient in firearms and explosives. Experience in special operations a plus. Successful candidate must also play piano. $1.5K/day. Compensation package includes death benefits to next of kin.

John Harper is the most reluctant spy in the history of the craft. He's retired, quit, run in from the cold, traded in his gun for a Steinway baby grand, and settled comfortably into D.C., where the only dangers are jealous husbands and underdone hors d'oeuvres. But men who know how to handle Gershwin and a Glock are rare, and when a Panamanian resort hotel advertises for a piano player with lethal skills, the government sends Harper into the twisted company of American mercenaries, camera-shy Colombians, and a revolution set for New Year's Eve, when Harper is scheduled to play his farewell performance before the fireworks begin.

Beneath a Panamanian Moon brings long-overdue humor to an often grim genre while crafting a razor-sharp thriller that's fast, funny, and unforgettable. John Harper will stay with you long after you've closed the book on the final, explosive scene.

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Praise for Beneath a Panamanian Moon

"David Terrenoire, a first-rate writer, would have made a first-rate investigator. His research is impeccable, and his understanding of the way things work, from Washington to the dark places of the world, is impressive. But it's his insight into the quirks of human nature that makes this, his debut novel, such a tight run of suspenseful, and surprisingly funny, storytelling."
- John Douglas, author of Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

"David Terrenoire's Beneath a Panamanian Moon is a first-class debut-funny, clever, and gripping."
- Brian McGrory, author of The Nominee and The Incumbent
"Very well-done indeed...Sophisticated, witty, suspenseful, and perceptive…Readers will leave the novel primed for another John Harper adventure." - Booklist

"[H]umorous debut thriller spiced with exciting commando action…The Canal Zone years after the blitz to grab Noriega is a superb setting, and the solid supporting cast includes the deadly and efficient Phil "Mad Dog" Ramirez, who could play Hawk to Harper's Spenser for many entertaining novels to come."
--Publishers Weekly

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David Terrenoire

David Terrenoire lives in North Carolina with his wife and two dogs, who, like their owner, are of indeterminate breeding.

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Beneath a Panamanian Moon
David Terrenoire


Thriller Awards - Nominee

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2014
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ISBN: 9781466872264
ISBN10: 1466872268
288 pages

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