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Olsen, Jimmy. Poison Makers. Hoffman House. Jun. 2011. c.354p. ISBN 978098083542. $19.95. M Officially, Adam Quist, the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic, died of a heart attack one morning in 1972, but readers know that he s been poisoned by a voodoo concoction. Guileless part-time PI Edgar Espinosa-Jones (EJ), our Dominican American hero, is hired to investigate Quist s death. Big mistake! EJ s over his head with the myriad Caribbean cultures Haitian and Cuban politics and religion mixed in with a heady dose of the CIA and the Marines. He is sent to Washington, DC, and New York City to interview the Quist family and barely makes it back to the Dominican Republic alive. Even worse, the evil forces trying to kill him because he knows too much at this point are pursuing his family, too. VERDICT Put this in your cart right now. EJ has more lives than Indiana Jones, and you ll be hand selling Olsen s (Things in Ditches) second mystery as soon as you ve finished it yourself. Exciting, twisted, educational, if you will, with great dialog and an unforgettable finish. --Library Journal - June 1st

It's been a long dry spell for readers who enjoyed Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen - published over ten years ago. I'm happy to report the wait is over...The result is a story filled with the atmosphere, customs and beliefs of a rich, exotic location. --Woodstock

It's been a long dry spell for readers who enjoyed Things In Ditches by Jimmy Olsen - published over ten years ago. I'm happy to report the wait is over...The result is a story filled with the atmosphere, customs and beliefs of a rich, exotic location. --Woodstock

About the Author

Jimmy Olsen is a native of Hoffman, Minnesota and has degrees from St. Cloud State University and the University of Alabama. He s worked as a newspaper reporter, editor and photographer. For nearly 40 years he has been an active scuba diver and instructor, living five years in the Dominican Republic. His first novel Things In Ditches was released in December, 2000, and his short stories have appeared in literary magazines in the U.S. and the Caribbean. He lives with his wife Camille in St. Cloud, where he is at work on several more novels, short stories, and poetry.

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  • File Size: 1250 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Hoffman House Press (June 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056AZHDY
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By Andrea Smith on May 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was a pleasure to read. Clever dialogue. Intriguing plot twists. You know this was the first time I read a novel like this. The subject of voodoo is a touchy and delicate matter and I think Mr. Olsen wrote about it in a factual way. EJ is so sarcastic (I love it) that it made the dialogue funny. He is also the most naive everyone in the book. I say this because the impression I got was he is not cynical. He wants justice to prevail in this case.This does not mean he is not a good private investigator. He has good instincts and is a survivor.His girlfriend Sonja was so elusive and her upbringing was similar to Olivia's.There were moments that felt very surreal especially at the end of the book. Without giving too much away I will say secrets will be revealed and some shady characters will be too. By the end of story I was sad. I think it ended perfectly. Well done Mr. Olsen and I hope to write as well some day.
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In this thrilling murder mystery Olsen takes us into the dark world of voodoo. EJ, a detective for hire is on the trail of Ambassador, Adam Quist's murderers in a death that does not appear to be a murder at all. As EJ gets closer to the truth, his family and loved ones come into danger, and it appears that not everything is as it seems!

A great read, Olsen comes through again! If you enjoy suspenseful mysteries, you'll enjoy Poison Makers. Pick it up today.
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I just finished reading Jimmy Olsen's Poison Makers, a great novel set in the seventies, revolving around South and North American political conflict, and voodoo. There are ten years between Poison Makers and Olsen's first novel, Things in Ditches. The years have been good to him. He has matured in his style and truly reached the heights of his potential in this novel. I enjoyed Things in Ditches, but Poison Makers actually taught me about a completely different way of life, a different time, and very different struggles than my own while still keeping the characters incredibly tangible and down to earth (I felt like EJ could be my next-door neighbour or someone walking the streets of my own city). Olsen manages to take voodoo (and specifically, zombies), topics that are often joked about or over-dramatized, and bring their realities to light, challenging misconceptions while still underlining the power of belief and the power of voodoo as something to respect and properly fear. After reading this book, I respect the combination of faith and drugs that is voodoo more than I ever did before, because the power of the human mind and will is something to be in awe of (and sometimes protect oneself from).

Mr. Olsen ties the zombie/voodoo drama into conflicts between the continents of North and South America, (specifically the countries of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States of America, even Cuba). This book has so many levels. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share one island (Hispaniola) and yet, as EJ states in the book about the poor people in Haiti,'Their poor are starving, ours are only hungry.
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By Liz Terek on September 17, 2013
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Jimmy Olsen draws upon his own recollections of Haiti in `Poison Makers' (having met many Haitians while living on the Island of Hispaniola'). In this novel, we venture back to the Haiti of 1972.
U.S. Ambassador Adam Quist has died. To the naked eye & most doctors, the death of this man in his sixties appeared quite natural. Looks can be deceiving & this is such an occurrence. Mr. Quist's death was a homicide. The why's are to be determined.
Edgar `EJ' Espinosa-Jones receives a phone call from his associate, Garrett Yancy right around the time of Mr. Quist's demise. Having teamed up before for many an adventure, EJ is only surprised by what he'll be looking into this time. It seems Olivia, Adam's daughter, doesn't believe that he died of natural causes. She'd like it investigated.
Despite his confusion as to his own involvement in this matter, he agrees. Yancy sends him on his way with some information on voodoo & zombies- neither of which thrill EJ. Although he's aware of Haiti's reputation in these areas, he's not exactly a believer. But to find the truth of Mr. Quist's departure, he'll have to confront it head-on. Can EJ close the investigation & remain in the land of the living?
From the beginning, `Poison Makers' is loaded with goose-bump giving suspense. Readers are supplied just enough information to guide us without giving away too many hints of where it is we're headed. Deep characters abound as is customary with Jimmy Olsen's novels.
Haiti is portrayed realistically as readers are sure to know that it isn't exactly paradise there. However, despite the unconventional religions practiced on the island, the residents of Haiti are described respectfully & Mr. Olsen has done right by them.
Great plot, dynamic characters, beautiful descriptions- `Poison Makers' is another 5 star novel from Jimmy Olsen.
I was provided with an eBook copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
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In Poison Makers by Jimmy Olsen, we are taken into the machinations of an old belief system of voodoo and zombies that still exist today in regions of the Dominican Republic today.

When Adam Quist, U.S ambassador to the Dominican Republic dies, there seems very little mystery. Yet Edgar Espinosa-Joes (E J) is given the assignment to interview his daughter. She seems to believe there is more involved, more at stake then known. E J occasionally does odd investigations for his mentor Garrett Yancy. Yet this investigation is somewhat out of the ordinary.

As EJ has a clandestine interview with Quist's daughter, he is left with more questions than answers. She believes her father has been murdered-or even worse, turned into a zombie. E J isn't laughing though, he is from the Dominican Republic and has seen the violence and ceremonies involved with the ages old voodoo movement.

When the grave is exhumed and the body found missing, E J begins to fear the worst. With the help of his best friend, a crooked Dominican cop, he begins the long and dangerous trek of discovery. The menace becomes personal as he and his friend are poisoned, and then his family is interjected into the danger. The drums are beating, drawing him further into peril and madness. He becomes the victim and is pursued as he tries to find the answers. His family carries on with their own antics, while he slips through the clutches of his adversaries, only to find even deeper mysteries.

Can he get to the bottom of this strange and sinister disappearance? Can he keep the Ambassador's daughter safe as he untangles and age old web of deceit before his own life is forfeit?
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