"There is never a dull moment in The Year of Dangerous Days, and Griffin adroitly captures the intrigue and depravity of South Florida at the time...It’s impossible to read Griffin’s timely and searing account without thinking about its implications for our current moment—one of mounting social unrest over immigration and racism."
—New York Times Book Review
"[Griffin] examines the relationships between the disastrous events that would challenge and eventually shape the direction of [Miami's] future...The investigation offers warnings for a nation still roiled by a drug epidemic, the struggle to manage immigration, and deeply entrenched systemic racism and police brutality."
"Nicholas Griffin’s cinematic and infinitely readable account of Miami’s annus horribilis of 1980 demonstrates that what does not kill our cities may end up making them stronger. This is a vivid tale of how a confluence of urban disasters actually helped Miami become the dynamic international city it is today."
—Gary Krist, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Mirage Factory, Empire of Sin, and City of Scoundrels
“The Year of Dangerous Days is remarkable. It sinks you into a time and a place while surrounding you with an irresistible cast of characters, from Fidel Castro to the unforgettable cop reporter, Edna Buchanan. Drug cartels, race riots, Cuban refugees—this book has it all. Combining Florida noir with a literary sensibility makes Griffin's story both rollicking and profound.”
—Jonathan Mahler, bestselling author of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year
“This is the work of a master storyteller, let loose on one of the most vivid and revealing chapters in American history. Like Erik Larson’s Devil in the White City, Nicholas Griffin seizes you with his first technicolor sentences and never lets you go. Engrossing, morally serious, and artful in the best ways.”
—Evan Osnos, author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, winner of the National Book Award and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
"Miami-based journalist Griffin employs his trade with gusto in this deeply investigated account of real American carnage at the height of the drug war...Griffin’s engrossing use of primary sources and cogent analyses of how all the pieces fit together results in a propulsive story about the dangerous ways people learn to live together...An engrossing, peek-between-your-fingers history of an America city on the edge."
"In this cinematic chronicle, journalist Griffin examines how an influx of immigrants, violent race riots, and a cocaine epidemic all collided in Miami in 1980 and led to the radical transformation of the city...Out of this tumultuous year, Griffin contends, Miami emerged a stronger, more cosmopolitan city with a broader economic base. This vivid and well-documented urban history offers hope that crisis can bring about lasting change."
"Nicholas Griffin [is] a marvelous writer of nonfiction...The Year of Dangerous Days: Riots, Refugees and Cocaine in Miami 1980, is a well-written narrative of the events of that transformative year."
—New York Journal of Books
"Griffin’s narrative comes across like a gripping crime drama rather than a staid retrospective...This is an excellent read for those wondering if the present-day dystopia has existed before—and how we can emerge from it."
—The Free Lance-Star
"Miami remains one of the continent’s most fascinating cities, and anyone wishing to understand how it got that way, and the persistent social divides that have shaped it, should read Griffin’s captivating account."
—CrimeReads, Best True Crime Books of 2020