Zero Hour In Phnom Penhby Christopher G. Moore
In the early 1990s, at the end of the devastating civil war UN peacekeeping forces try to keep the lid on the violence. Gunfire can still be heard nightly in Phnom Penh, where Vietnamese prostitutes try to hook UN peacekeepers from the balcony of
2004 German Critics Award for Crime Fiction and Winner of 2007 Premier Special Director Book Award Semana Negra, Spain
In the early 1990s, at the end of the devastating civil war UN peacekeeping forces try to keep the lid on the violence. Gunfire can still be heard nightly in Phnom Penh, where Vietnamese prostitutes try to hook UN peacekeepers from the balcony of the Lido Bar.
Calvino traces leads on a missing farang from Bangkok to war-torn Cambodia, through the Russian market, hospitals, nightclubs, news briefings, and UNTAC Headquarters. Calvino's buddy, Colonel Pratt, knows something that Calvino does not: the missing man is connected with the jewels stolen from the Saudi royal family. Calvino quickly finds out that he is not the only one looking for the missing farang.
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The flight to Phnom Penh from Bangkok is less than one hour, but in Zero Hour in Phnom Penh it takes you into a world that you end up wishing you had never entered. That fact is a credit to the ability of author Christopher G. Moore to bring you up close and personal to the world of Cambodia after Pol pot, when the UN tried to enter the city of Phnom Penh and restore order to a lawless country. Moore moves slowly, maybe out of concern for the reader, as he introduces us to new levels of horror, depravity, murder, desperation and the tiniest amounts of hope. The struggle to survive is paramount, and one is happy when the flight back to Bangkok takes off, with the reader on it. Calvino's best buddy is Bangkok police colonel Pratt, and in this novel, his best buddy is holding something back from him in a life and death struggle. it's that friendship that is the glue of the Calvino novels, so having read the later ones and working my way back, I knew how it might turn out. But the true ending may be never known. Those Saudi jewels are not found.