The Calypso Killing

In Deca Originals

On the night of May 3, 2014, in the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, a federal prosecutor named Dana Seetahal sat before a slot machine. Gambling was her favorite form of relaxation and had become one of her only hobbies. Her days as a marathon runner had ended, and now the brainless churn of numbers on the screen felt like the most effective stress relief. She was a regular customer at the Ma Pau Casino, which was tucked into a row of bars and restaurants in the middle-class Woodbrook neighborhood of the city of Port of . . .






Tom Zoellner
Tom Zoellner is the author of five nonfiction books, including The Heartless Stone, Train, A Safeway in Arizona, and Uranium. His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Harper’s, Time, Foreign Policy, The Daily Beast, Slate, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has reported from Rwanda, Angola, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Africa, Israel, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Serbia. An associate professor of English at Chapman University, Tom lives in downtown Los Angeles.