As The Hot Country begins, war correspondent Christopher (Kit) Marlowe Cobb is in Mexico covering the situation in Vera Cruz. As a news story, the United States occupation of Vera Cruz has slowed down. Since President Wilson is not pursuing any further intrusion into Mexico, Kit Cobb is looking for stories to report for his Chicago paper.
Pancho Villa and his men.
Cobb's attention is caught by a German cargo ship anchored in the Vera Cruz port; it allegedly is carrying weapons. He smells a story and begins to investigate. Are the Germans, in an effort to gain allies in Mexico and harass the United States, intending to arm some faction of the combatants in the Mexican Revolution, such as Villa? To get the story, Cobb must finesse the danger and threats posed by the Germans, spies, Mexican revolutionaries, and beautiful women.
The Hot Country is a smart and entertaining book set during an interesting period in the history of both Mexico and the United States. I got the impression at the end of the story that this may be the first in a series featuring Kit Cobb. If so, that's great news. Meanwhile, check out The Hot Country for an exciting read.