An exciting, evocative romp through the jungle where murder, mystery, romance and the maddeningly humid weather make for a gripping debut.
[This] is an adventure story with three distinct sections, Shanghai, Saigon and Cambodia; all are beautifully placed within the narrative, and yet blend together quite seamlessly to produce a detailed and imaginative journey into an ancient and powerful civilisation . . . An abundance of rich and varied characters combine to make this a really satisfying read.
A detailed, evocative historical adventure set in the 1920s between Shanghai, Saigon and Cambodia . . . Great page-turner.
Atmospheric, lyrical, and written in almost painfully beautiful prose, this historical novel sings like a coloratura soprano performing in a gorgeous opera . . . the author's evocation of the setting and the foreign misfits that inhabited it is nothing short of magical; the prose, extraordinary.
This gripping first novel is a real gem.