Something Like a Dream by Robert Richter

robExpatriate beach bum Cotton Waters is known to his cantina buddies as “Algo,” meaning Something  in Spanish.  An illegal alien and ex-political activist with old and unresolved legal problems in the U.S., Algo scrounges a lazy fishing village lifestyle and a little beer money out of the Puerto Vallarta tourist trade as a private hustler of a Mexican Riviera lost-and-found–helping some people get lost and finding others–if the price is right or the client’s cause worth the time and interest.

In the summer of ’82 the worthy cause is Corina Springfield, possibly the most beautiful woman Cotton Waters has ever seen, even in a town like Vallarta, searching for her husband, heir to the Springfield Foundation, missing and presumed dead for over three years.  When Corina shows Algo evidence that her husband may be living among the Huichols, one of Mexico’s most mysterious indigenous peoples; and when it’s evidence she’s held for over a year without bothering to investigate until now, Vallarta’s Something” isn’t sure he can find her husband, but he knows he wants to try.

On a search for a lost hero-husband living as a shaman in a tribe of peyote worshipers, Cotton Waters leads Corina Springfield into the center of tribal dissension deep in the sierra heart of Huichol territory.  On this strange pilgrimage Waters will find a whole new perspective on reality and dream, on deceit and self-deception, and  experience a healing ceremony that will change his life forever or simply end it.

Review quip:  Carol Wheeler, managing editor of, the most-used website on Mexico, wrote:  “Great Mexico fiction set in a Huichol community.”

robThe author of eight books, including poetry, fiction, and regional history, Robert Richter has a forty-year relationship with Mexico, and that cultural geography inspires his work.  In 2000 Richter won the Nebraska Arts Council’s Literary Achievement Award, and in 2007, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Buenos Aires.  Richter has also been a wheat farmer, substitute teacher, and tour guide in Latin America. His other books on Mexico include Something in Vallarta, Search for the Camino Real: a history of San Blas and the Road to get there, and Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas and the Roots of Mexico’s New Democracy. Something Like A Dream is Richter’s second Cotton Waters mystery.

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