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A Gripping New Mexican Novel

Reviewed by David Tarrant

The background of this novel is quite a touching story in that Norm Cuddy wrote it, only to succumb to an untimely death in June 2016 and never saw it published.

A few months after his death, his wife, Rose, found the completed manuscript on his desk and decided that, as a tribute to him, she would have it published.

Return of the Jaguar is a truly gripping novel, full of intrigue. It’s one of those novels you can’t put down once you have started it.

Set during the time of the Zapatista Revolution against the Mexican government of the mid-1990s, it is an action-packed thriller populated with believable and compelling characters, least of which not being the mysterious Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation during that tumultuous period.

Cuddy researched his subject well and created not only a fine work of historical fiction but also a vivid portrait of a country and its people.

The story begins at the US–Mexican frontera, when Canadian lawyer Ted Somerville, traveling alone on vacation, meets an intriguing American woman named Bailey.

He immediately becomes unwittingly drawn into her mission to avenge the death of her Mexican lover at the hands of Col Hernandez, the leader of the paramilitary group Mascara Roja.

Ted’s travels take him further than expected, from Baja to the mountains of Chihuahua, and the reader goes with him all the way on this breathtaking journey of love and revenge.

Learn more about this intriguing novel from Rose Cuddy and Norm’s editor, Maureen Phillips, at Garrison and Garrison Books, Hidalgo 26, on Fri, Oct 26, 4–6pm.




Book Event

Return of the Jaguar, by Norm Cuddy

Meet Rose Cuddy, wife of the late author, and Maureen Phillips, editor

Fri, Oct 26, 4–6pm

Garrison and Garrison Books

Hidalgo 26




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