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Night of the Jaguar (Jimmy Paz #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  712 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
Science and mysticism, nature and greed collide in this mind-bending, compulsively readable thriller from the author of Tropic of Night and Valley of Bones, hailed by the Washington Post as "miracles of intelligent fiction . . . among the essential novels of recent years."

Deep in the jungles of Colombia, an American priest is shot dead in his makeshift church.

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Hardcover, First Edition, 384 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by William Morrow
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This book reminds me of an old TV series, Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Each week Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin, would encounter unexplained phenomena. It usually involved people dying at the hands of aliens/monsters/supernatural beings. The show was the inspiration for The X Files.

This book combines elements of the detective story and the supernatural. Reading it, you encounter witchdoctors, corporate greed heads, Columbian thugs, an odd collection of environmentalists, Santeria, and an ex-de
Derek Davis
Feb 08, 2013 Derek Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the earlier Jimmy Paz novels, so I don't know how this meshes with the others. This one is a supernatural-laced sort of mystery (you know what's going on but not exactly how it all fits together). Gruber seems a man of high intelligence and wide scientific interest who has chosen, from whatever internal bent, to push reason aside in favor of a primitive spiritual outlook.

Paz, a retired detective and son of a Santeria priestess, floats uncomfortably between the "real" world and the
Πάνος Τουρλής
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Η κεντρική ιδέα μου άρεσε και με κράτησε. Ένας ιθαγενής από την Κολομβία, μυημένος στα μυστικά της μαγείας και του υπερφυσικού, φτάνει στο Μαϊάμι κι αρχίζει να σκοτώνει τους μεγαλομετόχους της εταιρίας που αποψιλώνει το δάσος όπου ζει η οικογένειά του, μεταμορφωμένος σε ιαγουάρο. Ο Παζ, ο πρωταγωνιστής (ήρωας και στα άλλα βιβλία του συγγραφέα Στον τροπικό της νύχτας και Η κοιλάδα των οστών) μυείται στα μυστικά της μαγείας για να τον αντιμετωπίσ
Apr 03, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is about the liminal world, between modern scientific materialism and traditional beliefs in the world of spirits and the energies of Nature. Both sides are well represented, and well dramatized. Jimmy Paz has been out of the police force for 7 years or so, married with a precocious daughter. Exploiters of the Colombian rain forest anger Jaguar, the god of he Runiya people, and Moie, the last of the Runiya shamans, paddles his canoe to Miami (more or less) to seek revenge. Jaguar seems to wan ...more
Dec 01, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really don't know any other author who can find a way to mix serious discussions of string and membrane theory, the devastating effects of deforestation, and Colombian drug cartels into a supernatural thriller where a jungle medicine man turns into a jaguar (maybe)to seek revenge. There's a lot more, too, and the ending is just about perfect.
Jun 21, 2008 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More Gruber, typically excellent and convincing. This one provides a very sympathetic impression of what it must be like to be an Amazonian Indian and magic-worker, on a mission to save your home from the ravages of the modern world. Sounds improbable, but when you're reading the book, it's completely convincing.
Mar 06, 2008 Jcurmudge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
You start reading this book and wonder why? After a few chapters you get caught up in the tale of Moie cum Jaguar, and you turn off the TV and shut down all other distractions to get it finished.
May 30, 2009 Patty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting thriller but was pretty philosophy heavy. It was a little hard to get into but the characterization was good and I enjoyed it after I got into it.
May 18, 2010 Brent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ecology, Jungles, urban terror , Mysticism, magic, love , heroism, evil doers,drugs,Shamans, witchcraft, Cubans, Miami. What's not to like?
Night of the Jaguar is more paranormal fantasy than mystery/thriller. It combines an ecological message with Columbian drug cartels and Santeria spiritualism. An Amazonian Indian with the ability to turn himself into a jaguar travels to Miami to stop a group of Cuban American businessmen and Colombian drug lords from destroying his jungle homeland and murdering his people. Much death ensues. Michael Gruber introduces some interesting characters, particularly Jenny and Cooksey, two members of an ...more
Apr 27, 2008 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Michael Gruber needs to learn the difference between "foreshadowing" and "not so subtle hinting at future plot points."
Jim Morris
Apr 25, 2014 Jim Morris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of Gruber's Jimmy Paz books. In this one Paz is long gone from the Miami PD, working as a chef in his mom's restaurant, a happy husband and father. A shapeshifting jaguar shaman from the jungles of Colombia comes to Miami to kill the developers who want to clear cut his tribes forest. One of them is Jimmy Paz's father, from whom he is long estranged. This is a terrific shamanic thriller. My advice is to start with Tropic of Night, the first one of the Paz books and read all thr ...more
Will Byrnes
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Jul 07, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. The story is intelligent, varied, and a little scary. You never know what will happen next, and you don't want to put it down. I read it until two a.m. this morning. Had to sleep. Woke up, and continued reading it until this afternoon when it was done. How many mystery writers can do that?

_Night_ is told from several perspectives, and yet it is still clear and readable. I like the author's ability to bring all of the stories together in fascinating ways: varied academia; varied ch
Aug 31, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, audiobooks
Since GoodReads won't allow it, officially this is a three and a half star read. It took a lot of work to get it there. Halfway through this book, I was so frustrated with this book that I nearly quit on it. Three reasons for this: 1. This third book of the series followed two superb novels and this was not living up to the billing. Instead of a page turner, it was becoming a book burner.

2. A pet peeve of mine - a major character within a series has a character flaw, goes through a difficult but
If you're reading this review of the Jimmy Paz series than you've read them all. In my opinion this series is remarkable for its intelligence, its strong plot and, it's philosphical world view and psychological depth of characters. Mixing murder with ethnography and sorcery, Gruber brings us a fascinating tale of Jimmy Paz, a cuban-american detective who is about to have his world and beliefs shaken to the core.

We all have brains, we all possess varying degrees of intelligence, and we all are ph
Oct 15, 2013 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think most readers will really enjoy this story. I did until it began to reach its conclusion. (I will do my best to explain without spoiling the story.)
First the good part, which is the bulk of the story. Mr. Gruber's characters are excellent. All of the major characters are really well drawn, three-dimensional people with interesting personalities. He presents them, warts and all, as fully formed people. The minor characters drive the plot and have enough depth so that their actions make sen
Oct 24, 2011 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hope this is not the last of the Jimmy Paz novels, because I like the character evolution and hope Gruber does more with Paz and family, as well as with the ecological and spiritual de-volution of our messed up world.He has his finger on the pulse of the disdain we have for planet Earth, and our struggles to understand the nature of existence and our personal cosmology.His existential musings may be a bit obtuse for some, but I enjoy the fact that he tries to explain the para-normal phenomenon ...more
The third of the series of Jimmy Paz novels, and as the other two, one of my favorites, a thriller, a mystery, a police procedural, a wonderful introduction to the culture and place of South Florida, plus a primer on anthropology, and the culture of the primitive but in many ways very sophisticated natives of the South American jungle. Jimmy Paz is the protagonist in a series of three books by Gurber, but the other characters in each are super as well, just terrific. I have this book in hardboun ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Sam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the worst novels I have ever read. I typically refuse to stop reading a book that I'm not enjoying, but this was one of the toughest finishes I've ever had. The opening is strange and confusing, and the story continues that way. It's a weak murder mystery bloated by a focus on Cuban voodoo religion and shape-shifting. Just awful.
Michael Thimsen
Jul 13, 2014 Michael Thimsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
This was the second book that I have read by Michael Gruber and I have to say that I'm a fan. He does a nice job of folding big metaphysical questions into his thrillers so he both entertains and makes you wonder, question and maybe even doubt your fundamental presuppositions. It takes a unique talent to pull that off.
Jan 02, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we saw him last Jimmy Paz the detective/chef resigned his detective position and married one of the key characters in his last mystery. Now Jimmy is running his Mom's resturant as chef, has a 7 year old, and hasn't sorted out his mixed feelings regarding science and mysticism. In this book another bizarre set of murders sees Jimmy brought back to the scene by his old boss to help. Paz's interactions with his 7 year old daughter replace the sex and girl friends interactions of the previous b ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
June 2013
As it turns out, I do read this fairly regularly and while not the very best of the series I found it better with more reading. This time, the idea that stood out was how people interpret the same information so differently, and how much easier it is to accept the ridiculous over the impossible. I like Gruber's exploration of existence.

April 2009
The last of this "series" - the three pretty much stand on their own, but I like to read them in "order (Tropic, Valley, Night). However, not o
sarah t
This was a fine enough book - it was well written enough and mysterious enough. I guess I just don't care for its sort of anti-science tone. For example, I don't like when a physicist character pontificates about the many-worlds business, and tosses around words like Calabi-Yao theory at a party, as if this is a normal conversation at a party for a physicist (as if anyone would listen to that long-winded speech). Also - I think I'm off mysteries for a bit. All major descriptions seem to play a r ...more
Bookmarks Magazine

Critics raved about the first two novels in the Jimmy Paz trilogy; Night of the Jaguar is not as universally loved because of hard-to-stomach coincidences and strained plausibility. No matter; author Michael Gruber possesses a flair for words and setting that will carry any reader through this heated tale. He makes great use of his meticulous research by delving deep into Cuban Santeria rituals, the repercussions of environmental clear-cutting, and the taxonomy of fig wasps (perhaps too much so)

Jan 05, 2013 Debi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Gruber brings the thriller genre to a new level with his Jimmy Paz series. Night of the Jaguar is the third, and it's just as compelling, original, and surpirsing as the first two. Jimmy Paz is an former Miami police officer trying to leave behind the mind-blowing supernatural cases that seemed to follow him. It doesn't work. A new case, the slaughter of several prominent Miami businessmen, draws him back. Gruber weaves together a tale involving a South American Indian shaman, an environ ...more
John Machata
Fun mix of mystery/thriller, philosophy, supernatural and science.
At times too much of a lecture, but a fun read.
Dec 03, 2011 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of the Jimmy Paz novels (best read in order), all set in Miami and all concerned with Santeria. The author's blog says that he has a deep interest in consciousness and perception, and one of the characters here is a shaman from South America who creates some definite magic. He has me half believing it. Superbly written, with interesting characters and plenty of suspense. I'm hooked on Gruber, and am in the process of reading everything he has written.

I was amused to learn that
Scott Mock
May 27, 2016 Scott Mock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mixture of the Popular and the Spiritual....alternate title: Jaguar's Revenge in Coral Gables
Sonia Nadina
Oct 04, 2015 Sonia Nadina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed this book. It was a light read that brings Tom Robbin's style to mind.
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