“The Woman Who Lost Her Soul’’ starts out as a murder mystery. A woman who had been vacationing with her husband at a Haitian resort called Moulin Sur Mer in 1998 is murdered on the Route Nationale One between Port-au-Prince and Saint-Marc — a road nicknamed the “Highway to Hell” by the American military forces occupying Haiti at the time.
“And of course it was not a simple homicide, because it was Haiti,” Bob Shacochis writes with deadpan irony. And so begins a bizarre and head-spinning journey through the complex, clandestine, double-dealing, and toxic global drama of the half-century leading up to the 9/11 attacks. This novel amounts to a prequel of sorts to the war on terror, an epic examination of American foreign policy and loss of innocence, a worthy successor to the darkest works of Graham Greene and John le Carré.