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'"This high-spirited adventure by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert Olen Butler is an antic concoction of genre clichés, literary sendups, personal homages, fanciful history and passages of great writing." —New York Times Book Review "It's an exciting story, much of it based on fact, and Butler has a good time with it. His writing is both crisp and thoughtful, his people ring true and he offers an amusing portrait of a golden age in journalism. . . . The Hot Country is a thinking person's thriller, the kind of exotic adventure that, in better days, would have been filmed by Sam Peckinpah." —Washington Post "Butler takes an often-overlooked chapter of history and turns it into a whip-smart tale of intrigue and espionage." —CNN.com “A high-spirited adventure.” —Charlotte Observer “Enjoyable novel that should attract devotees of espionage and historical fiction.” —Library Journal “A fine stylist, Butler renders the time and place in perfect detail.”—Publishers Weekly "An awfully good read." —Criminal Intent "[The Hot Country is] Robert Olen Butler’s fast-paced entrée into adventure tales. Add a little Indiana Jones and you get the picture: a smart guy also handy with his fists and firearms, burdened with a dedication to finding out the truth." —Plaza de Armas “Pancho Villa, fiery senoritas, and Germans up to no good—Robert Olen Butler is having fun in The Hot Country and readers will too. An intelligent entertainment with colorful history.” —Joseph Kanon, New York Times–bestselling author of The Good German and Istanbul Passage “The Hot Country is a spirited and beautifully told tale of adventure and intrigue in the grand old style, rich in both insight and atmosphere. Going off to war with Kit Cobb is as bracing and fun as it used to be in George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman books, or in Perez-Reverte’s Captain Alatriste novels. And the best part is that there are more to come. Saddle up.” —Dan Fesperman, Hammett award-winning author of The Double Game'