WMG: House of the Scorpion
This book is inspired (at least partly) by Cuba before the Revolution.
- El Patron is based on Fulgencio Batista.
- Think about it; he's poor, had siblings die, and eventually is the dictator of a country controlled by organised crime. Batista was from a poor family, had a brother die from TB, and is notorious for practically handing Havana over to the Mafia. Both seem nice and are backed by the US.