He currently owned or controlled nearly a quarter of the National Parliament and a majority of the cabinet ministers. His money was appreciated, as was his congenial attitude. Jamaica was divided into fourteen parishes, and he was influential in all those that counted for his businesses. He’d become a person respected by both rich and poor. He was also feared, which was not necessarily a bad thing.
(from The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry)
9½*/10. The complete review is here.