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Glass Kingdom


Glass Kingdom

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SKU: 9781781090794 Categories: ,


Author: Lawrence Osborne
Format: Trade Paperback C Format
Publication date: 15/01/2021
Pages: 304

A tense, stunningly well-observed heist novel following an American woman on the run in the blazing heat of Bangkok, from ‘a modern Graham Greene’ (Sunday Times)

Sarah Talbot Jennings, a young American living in New York, has fled to Bangkok to disappear. Arriving with a suitcase containing $200,000, she rents an apartment at the Kingdom, a glittering high-end complex slowly sinking into its own twilight – and run by conveniently discreet staff.

In Bangkok’s shocking heat Sarah meets the beguiling Mali, a half-Thai tenant who’s strangely determined to bring the quiet American out of her shell. An invitation to Mali’s poker nights soon follows, where – fuelled by shots of yadong, gossip of shady dealings in the city and the hit of marijuana – Sarah is drawn into the orbit of the Kingdom’s glamorous ex-pat women.

But when an attempted military coup wracks the streets below and Sarah witnesses something unspeakable through one of the Kingdom’s windows, only to be followed by a series of strange disappearances, Sarah’s safe haven begins to feel like a trap.

From a master of atmosphere and suspense, The Glass Kingdom is a brilliantly unsettling story of cruelty and psychological unrest, and an enthralling glimpse into the shadowy crossroads of karma and human greed.

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    Hedley’s Books

    Although perhaps not for everyone, Lawrence Osborne’s The Glass Kingdom is a compulsive read in the style of Graham Greene. Like Greene, he is an absolute master of atmosphere and suspense.

    This story begins with a young New York woman fleeing to Bangkok with a suitcase of embezzled money. Just as she is drawn into the glamour of expat life, Bangkok’s criminal underbelly reveals itself. After witnessing something unspeakable the city that was once a safehaven begins to feel like a trap.
    – David

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