Joe Gannon, Night of the Jaguar, (Minotaur, 2014).

“Impressive…has a lyric power once thought beyond the range of the genre. A beauty” —Booklist starred review

“Riveting, action-packed debut…Reader’s will eagerly away Gannon’s next book.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Considering its level of mayhem, it's remarkable that so few mystery writers have drawn on (Sandinista) Nicaragua as a fictional setting. So Gannon's dank, dense, tangled debut is doubly welcome.” —Kirkus review.

Night of the Jaguar is the real deal—a tightly wound thriller that's politically charged, atmospheric, and haunting. Gannon's story of a man on the verge and a country on the edge of war is a gripping ride from the get go, a fast paced crime story and a delicious fever dream rolled into one.” —Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street

[Book Cover, LAST DAWN] 1989. It’s been three years since Captain Ajax Montoya cleared the smoke and blood from his last case—and what a three years! The Berlin Wall is coming down, toppled by ordinary people, and the Soviet “Evil Empire” is being born to the ash heap of history by its once captive people.

“A compelling story line and complex characters distinguish Gannon’s second novel featuring former Sandinista leader Ajax Montoya….The plot integrates the violence of the region without contrivance, and Ajax, who’s haunted by the blood he’s shed in the past, is a well-developed lead.” —Publisher’s Weekly

Joe Gannon, writer and spoken word artist, was a freelance journalist in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, writing for The Christian Science Monitor and The Toronto Globe and Mail, among others. Since then his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), The Valley Advocate, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette. He spent three years in the army, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and earned his MFA from Pine Manor College. After a stint teaching high school in Abu Dhabi, he now lives in Northampton MA, at work on his second installment of the Ajax Montoya Series.