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‘An exciting first novel, from a huge new talent.’ Mo Hayder
Every so often a thriller appears that offers more to the reader than just entertainment. White Crocodile is just that.
When emotionally damaged mine-clearer Tess Hardy travels to Cambodia to find out the truth behind her ex-husband’s death, she doesn’t know much about the country or its beliefs.
On arrival, she finds that teenage mothers are going missing, while others are being found mutilated and murdered. As local superstitions breed fear, Tess is drawn into a web of lies that stretches from Cambodia to another murder in England, and a violent secret twenty years old.
'Few crime novels deserve to be called operatic - in the sense of being larger than life, with emotions etched in the most striking of colours - but K T Medina's remarkable debut certainly qualifies for the adjective.
Painted on the most ambitious of canvases, White Crocodile takes the reader into a Cambodia that suggests the fraught psychological territory of Joseph Conrad's Africa in Heart of Darkness.'
'Skillfully transporting the reader from the criminal underground of Manchester to the sweltering heat of Cambodia, Medina leaves us constantly second-guessing the outcome. The unexpected twists and turns throughout the course of the book left me unable to prise myself away . . . Tess is the most compelling female protagonist I have come across in a long time but perhaps the most powerful aspect of White Crocodile is Medina's illumination of Cambodia's turbulent political history and her knack of interweaving it seamlessly with the present.'
'The killing fields of Cambodia provide an unsettling and evocative setting for KT Medina's impressive debut, White Crocodile. It's a powerful, angry book, affected by Medina's personal experiences there, in a previous job.'
'White Crocodile by K.T.Medina, published this summer and set both in Cambodia and England, delves disturbingly into the murky recesses of its characters' psyches, drawing on the author's own experience of working in Cambodia...The gripping narrative is filled with sudden, startling images.'
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