KILLED AT THE WHIM OF A HAT
This series debut makes the most of Thailand’s exotic local color. The feisty narrator is supported by a colorful cast of characters. The story unfolds to reveal a woman caught between desire and duty and a Thailand where corruption is expected and just about anything goes.
Crime reporter Jimm Juree is marooned in southern coastal Thailand with not a dead body in sight. Forced to follow her eccentric family away from the crime-rich big city in order to keep an eye on her mother, Jimm spends most of her days gutting fish and wishing she was back in the thick of things. So when an ancient VW bus containing two skeletons is unearthed in a nearby farmer’s field, Jimm is eager to look into the circumstances and get back to business. (MINOTAUR, Jul., 320 pp., $24.99)