You Later, Alligator
By William F. Buckley Jr.
Doubleday, 351 pp, 1985
Buckley's Blackford Oakes novels just
keep getting better.
Fresh from witnessing the partitioning
of Berlin, Oakes is sent by President Kennedy to Havana to negotiate a
possible agreement with Comandante Che Guevara, which would result in
lifting the then-young Cuban embargo. However, while Oakes and Che spar,
Castro is quietly accepting missiles from the Soviet Union, missiles that
will soon be tipped with nuclear warheads.
Naturally, Oakes learns of the missiles
before any other American does, thanks to a ravishing America-Cuban
beauty. Can he and his brave compadre Cecilio Velasco alert Kennedy in
time? What do you think?
Again, Buckley has written a tidy little
political thriller, replete with espionage and betrayal, all based on
actual events and historical analysis of the major players, including Che
and the brutal Communist dictator, Fidel Castro.
I'll be sure to check out the subsequent
Oakes novel on my next trip to the library.