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December 8, 2009From Andrew Jaimieson's "Sweaty Noir" column at Pulp Pusher on Barry Gifford's Port Tropique: Originally published in 1980, Port Tropique makes a welcome return, its political relevance even more acute and topical for its absence. Its themes of corruption (politically and morally) and identity are strong and powerful, and, in these uncertain times, Gifford’s sweaty noir reflects the angst we feel. Written in a lean and Spartan style, Port Tropique is cut from the same cloth as Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness and The Secret Agent (quoted from at the beginning of the book), Graham Greene’s Our Man In Havana and John Le Carre’s The Tailor Of Panama ... The thriller-styled plot is a patchwork of encounters and it’s easy to read this and feel disoriented by the lack of solid framework – that is pure Gifford. He bends chaos in an orderly fashion and produces a superb reading experience.