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Fantastic Beasts

“Black Leopard, Red Wolf”

By Marlon James

620 pages. Riverhead Books. $30.

The story kernel at the center of “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” Marlon James’s surreal new fantasy epic, concerns the search for a missing boy. A hunter named Tracker, who is famous for his nose — “for finding what would rather stay lost” — is hired to find the lost child, who may or may not be the rightful heir to the throne of an ancient African empire. Tracker soon realizes that he is only one of many hired to find the boy — or proof of his death.

The search for” as scaffolding to create a tangled, choral portrait of Jamaica and its relationship with the United States.

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