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Posted December 16, 2012
Ghost Money is the first full length work I've read by Andrew Nette and I found it to be a thoroughly satisfying read. There is a historical flavor to the story, which I love, as well as it being a first rate crime fiction. A story within a story.
Nette does a masterful job of putting you in Cambodia, in Phnom Penh and in the rural bloody country side. You see this corner of Southeast Asia because of Nette's powerful descriptions and his terrific verbal painting of scenes. The only way you can write this vividly and real about a location, is if you've spent the time and been there, which he has.
I felt the horror of war and war crimes, you see it, smell it and taste it. You might know the story of the terrible rein of the Khmer Rouge, might know it well like I thought I did, but you'll learn even more. All the while a suspenseful, crime story unfolds and Max Quinlan wades through it all to find a missing businessman. I was pulled into this story from the very beginning, the first page - and it never released me until the last page. I highly recommend this book. - Jim Wilsky