(From the publisher):
Bangkok, a city of contradictions, where the heady scents of jasmine and frangipane hang in the stifling heat and golden-spired palaces overlook seedy strip clubs. Yet it never fails to inspire Lara's spirit of adventure, which is why she has agreed to search for a missing antiques dealer while on vacation. Armed with only a fifty-year-old newspaper clipping about a murder and terracotta amulets, she heads to his last known address: an apartment overlooking the Chao Phyra river and its rice barges and longtail boats. Above the din of the city, Lara finds little in the eerie silence of his empty apartment. And glaringly absent is a portrait that used to hang there: an image of a woman whose eyes seemed to follow you...
While questioning his friends and neighbors, Lara loses herself in the sights and sounds of Thailand - from the bustling markets of Bangkok to the spiritual calm of a monks' temple in the northern city of Chiang Mai. What Lara uncovers reveals a deadly conspiracy from the not-so-distant past and a family tragedy - played out right before her unseeing eyes...
Original title: The Thai Amulet
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Archaeology