Crime, corruption and colonialism converge both satirically and tragically in Under a Dark Sun, set on the Caribbean island of Col n. Located on author Robert Friedman's literary map in the Lesser Antilles, the Hispanic island is t far from Puerto Rico. After Sara V zquez returns to Col n, the island of her birth, hoping to find a place she can truly call home, she witnesses a murder. Sara is soon caught in the underside of life on the island. She turns to Nick Ortiz, who covers the police beat for the English-language newspaper. Nick, who has come to Col n to escape an earlier life of poverty, drugs, alcohol and a failed marriage, is drawn to Sara and her plight, and together they go up against the conspiracies and deceit that increasingly menace Sara's life. Interspersed with Sara's narrative is the story of Ted Iglesias, a young, ambitious politician who wants to lead his people out of their colonial morass into a better life. Impeding Ted's plans is El Cacique, the 92-year-old, 13-term goverr of the island. Ted must decide just how far he will go to make his own ambitious dreams come true in this vivid, breathtaking vel of suspense. Reviews of previous vels: Shadow of the Fathers: Friedman meticulously and faithfully recreates the Puerto Rican setting... In this book's case, a Puerto Rican theme translates into a North American vel that recognizes Puerto Rico's complex reality, both the internal struggles and those that come with colonial relations, and does so without the usual cliches. Carmen Dolores Hern ndez, El Nuevo D a Robert Friedman has managed to blend the mystery tale and a politically charged event to create a masterful literary vel that addresses contemporary issues of global human significance. Puerto Rican author Edgardo Vega Yunqu Caribbean Dreams: A vastly entertaining work set on the fictitious Caribbean island of Col n. . . Humor and excitement blend superbly here. Booklist Fast-moving and witty, the story also paints a loving picture of the Caribbean island and raises political questions that demand answers. The (Denver) Rocky Mountain News Robert Friedman was born and bred in the Bronx and lived in Puerto Rico for more than 20 years, working as a reporter, columnist and editor for the San Juan Star, as well as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. He was Washington correspondent for the Star until the newspaper folded in 2008. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Ginny. They have two grown daughters.