Cambodia Noir

Nick Seeley. Scribner, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-1-5011-0608-8
Journalist Seeley makes his fiction debut with a dark thriller set in Cambodia in 2003. June Saito, an American photographer and journalist based in Phnom Penh, disappears after a major drug bust throws the Cambodian military, police force, and members of the capital’s criminal class into a mad scramble for power. June’s sister, Kara Saito, hires photojournalist Will Keller to look for her. Excerpts from June’s diaries chronicle her descent into sadomasochism as an escape from personal trauma. Will is a tough guy with a drug habit and a guilty secret of his own. He uses his search for June, which leads to an underworld of drugs, violence, and sexual vice, to try to put a check on his own self-destructive behavior and find new meaning for his dissipated life. Readers should be prepared for oblique cultural references and vague aphorisms that needlessly encumber an otherwise compelling story of depravity and redemption with echoes of Twin Peaks and the bleakest works of Jim Thompson. Agent: Noah Ballard, Curtis Brown. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/11/2016
Release date: 03/15/2016
Genre: Fiction
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