in the Land of Smiles Trilogy
Trade paperback 6" - 9 1/4"
2004, 320 pages
Haunting Smile, the final novel in the Land of
Smiles Trilogy, is a sharply observed picture interweaving
documentary film technique and montage to convey the
psychological horror, personal anguish and despair
of the Black May of 1992 when students, workers, along
with mobile phone carrying yuppies were massacred
by the military on the streets of Bangkok.
Tuttle and George Snow, running at break neck speed
down the back alleys, hope to find a safe passage
out of the nightmare of killing. The ghosts from old
battlefields wander the waterholes of Patpong mingling
among the drifters, demimonde arms dealers and journalists.
Together they enter a matrix where massacres are a
way of life, and the survivors bringing back tales
of midnight secret executions.
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. . . someone to watch.”
Haunting Smile is disturbing. Moore jars the senses with discordant
juxtapositions of his now familiar HQ, an all-night coffee
shop where stereotypical ‘hardcore’ (read ‘cured
of romance’) farang hang out, indulging in a never-ending
cycle of alcohol and sex, with the shattering events of Rachadamnoen
Avenue, and what! Virtual reality?”
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Calvino investigates the death of a friend, a Canadian painter. The medical examiner finds the young man has ingested an exit drug, and the police verdict of suicide seems justified. But in Bangkok appearances have a habit of deceiving. Sometimes jumpers are given a leg up in their leap to the next life. Fingering the helper can be a risky business, and for Calvino this promises to be one of those times. More>>
Age of Dis-Consent
the follow up to The Cultural Detective, Faking
It in Bangkok, and Fear and Loathing in Bangkok,
Moore pays caring and critical homage to his residence of
choice by diagnosing some of Thailand’s discontents
and offering subtle remedies for readers to tease out.
essays range from political conflict to violence and criminal
investigations in the digital age, to cultural upheavals,
cognitive science and writing, including essays about Orwell,
Kafka, and Henry Miller. More>>