The Crook Factory Author:Dan Simmons It's the summer of 1942, and FBI agent Joe Lucas has come to Cuba at the behest of the Director to keep an eye on Ernest Hemingway in the Caribbean. Lucas thinks of it as a demotion-a babysitting job for a famous writer who has decided to play spy, assembling a team of misfits including an American millionaire, a twelve-year-old Cuban orphan, a ... more »Spanish jai alai champion and more in a would-be espionage ring Hemingway dubs the "Crook Factory."
But when Hemingway uncovers a critical piece of intelligence that both threatens his life and endangers the political landscape, the fate of the free world and the life of one of its most preeminent writers lies in the hands of the FBI's most ruthless agent.« less
Having had to study Hemingway as part of my college lit courses..I was never a big fan of the writer..However this new viewpoint of the eccentric man vs esteemed author..I preferred this story of intrgue taking place during WWII. It seems the FBI was very interested in a scheme of Heminway's to use his yacht to spy on the German UBoats in the waters between Florida and Cuba. At first it sounded pretty far fetched but it happened at the behest of J Edgar Hoover. The primary protagonist is a reluctant Federal Agent..I was skeptical in the beginning but caught up in the characters and the action. The book is a fast read and the only times it slowed was at the very end..It must have been difficult to end this swashbuckling tale on the same action filled level as the majority of the book. For this reason alone, I give it a 4 1/2 rating.