The author describes the book as a bisexual murder mystery, but I think it is much more. Yes, Edgar, a raging business high-roller, has sex with men and women, husbands and wives, all unknown to the others, but when he invites the two couples to his island home, they find he has been murdered, and that's only the beginning. They meet the ancient, withered Mambo and her black male successor who was also Edgar's lover, and then it gets complicated. A suspenseful novel with a murder at its centre, 'Island Mambo' leads the reader on a bizarre, almost hallucinatory journey into our inner fears and drives. Staying alive may require trusting in unseen forces and leaving the known safe orld behind. It gives a vision of how we might act if we knew no one was watching?
Robert Burdette Sweet is a skilled writer and one who delights in challenging our assumptions about civilzation. In "Island Mambo" he takes on Nature versus Nurture by showing what happens when so-called civilized people are taken out of their familiar surroundings and forced to learn to play the game of life and death with all of the rules changed. A suspenseful novel with a murder at its centre, it leads the reader on a bizarre, almost hallucinatory journey into our inner fears and drives and gives a vision of how we might act if we knew no one was watching.