Glad to report that Zero Hour in Phnom
Penh has been released in B-Format by Heaven Lake Press has been released. Third
in the Vincent Calvino crime series, Zero Hour in Phnom Penh has been
translated into Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Thai and Spanish. Zero Hour
in Phnom Penh also won the German Critics Award (2004), the Premier Special
Director’s Award Semana Negra (Spain) (2007)
A Bangkok based private
detective, Vincent Calvino, takes a case in Cambodia at the end of the
devastating civil war. In the early 1990s, UN peacekeeping forces try to keep
the lid on the violence. Gunfire is heard nightly in Phnom Penh, where
Vietnamese prostitutes ply their trade among UN peacekeepers from the balcony of
the Lido Bar.
Calvino traces a missing farang, 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 a cache of jewels stolen from the Saudi royal
family. Calvino discovers that he is not the only one looking for the missing
farang and that murderous forces of evil continue to swirl in the
alleyways of Phnom Penh.