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Gregory Widen. Blood Makes Noise/Argentina

As the only man who knows where Eva Perón is buried, CIA officer Michael Suslov is asked to help bring her body back to Argentina as part of a civil war peace deal, but he isn’t the only one looking to unearth the former First Lady.

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Ian McDonald. Brasyl/Brazil

Be seduced, amazed, and shocked by one of the world’s greatest and strangest nations. Past, present, and future Brazil, with all its color, passion, and shifting realities, come together in a novel that is part SF, part history, part mystery, and entirely enthralling. Three separate stories follow three main characters: Edson is a self-made talent impresario one step up from the slums in a near future São Paulo of astonishing riches and poverty. A chance encounter draws Edson into the dangerous world of illegal quantum computing, but where can you run in a total surveillance society where every move, face, and centavo is constantly tracked? Marcelina is an ambitious Rio TV producer looking for that big reality TV hit to make her name. When her hot idea leads her on the track of a disgraced World Cup soccer goalkeeper, she becomes enmeshed in an ancient conspiracy that threatens not just her life, but her very soul.

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Roberto Ampuero. The Neruda Case/Chile

Meeting a dying Pablo Neruda at a party in 1970s Chile, Cayetano Brulâe is recruited to help Neruda solve a last great mystery in the poet’s life, prompting a whirlwind expedition across the world before Brulâe encounters Neruda’s hidden agenda.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Love in the Time of Cholera/Colombia

Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.

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Rahyul Bhattacharya. The Sly Company of People Who Care/Guyana

In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. Amid beautiful, decaying wooden houses in Georgetown, on coastal sugarcane plantations, and in the dark rainforest interior scavenged by diamond hunters, he grows absorbed with the fantastic possibilities of this new place where descendants of the enslaved and indentured have made a new world. Ultimately, to fulfill his purpose, he prepares to mount an adventure of his own. His journey takes him beyond Guyanese borders, and his companion will be the feisty, wild-haired Jan. 

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Richard Paul Evans. The Sunflower/Peru

After her fiance calls off their marriage a week before the wedding, heartbroken Christine Hollister reluctantly agrees to accompany her friend Jessica to Peru to do volunteer work in an orphanage, where she meets American doctor Paul Cook.

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