Robert Roberts has sent along his review of A Haunting
“What with Thailand in the news recently for a pedophile, a
military coup, a monetary misstep and having an ability to reverberate far
beyond its borders one could do a lot worse than read this book for an
understanding of an important country often misunderstood and maligned. Though
it is a work of fiction A Haunting Smile deals with the 1991 military
overthrow of democratically elected government and subsequent violent
suppression of the popular broad-based response to it by the Thai people.
Throw in a Abbie Hoffman type bonking the protagonist's daughter, a Milo
Mindbender of the sloganed t-shirt industry, a gunrunning St Germain, the
licentious atmosphere of Bangkok's sex industry and you have the makings of a
very fine novel with a mature author well-acquainted with Siamese ways.
Eerily the time lag between the coup and the violence of that time
mirror the present situation. Let's hope the bloody events recreated graphically
and emotionally in this book are not repeated.”