Last Night in Managua by James Pendleton

Two men meet for the first time deep in a Nicaraguan jungle, one an American pilot and businessman, the other a gravely wounded Guatemalan pastor whose wife has been murdered by Somoza’s henchmen. Remarkable events have brought them both to this dangerous time and place. Neither is political, and certainly neither intended to get swept up in a revolution.

Ron Hartley, divorced, at loose ends, has taken a job representing a U.S. bank in Managua. Once there, what seems perfectly harmless and aboveboard—meetings with wealthy Nicaraguan businessmen, a date with an attractive attaché at the American embassy, a reunion with his former partner’s beautiful widow—all turn out to have shocking, life-changing consequences.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Pendleton was an army officer and pilot during the Korean War. After the war, he became editor of the Lumberton (N.C.) Post and later traveled extensively in Central America. His primary purpose was to investigate the causes of the revolutions erupting there, especially those with a heavy United States involvement, such as in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Last Night in Managua was inspired by his investigations. Pendleton is an emeritus member of the creative writing faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University. He has had numerous plays performed throughout the country and is the author of two previous novels, Nightman and Drinkwater’s Folly.