The Pole Dancer by R.D. Lawrence
A Bangkok Thriller
Just as thousands of other impoverished country girls in the Land of Smiles were doing, Joy eked out a living the only way she knew how. Trapped within the suffocating world of Bangkok nightlife, even Joy's sharp wits and exceptional beauty were unlikely to offer a way out. But then, out of the blue, she found her prayers were being answered - prophesies from a wizened old clairvoyant, that at first she had hardly dared believe to be anything more than a fantasy of hope, began to materialize.
And so she found herself attracted to Simon - handsome, charming, well-heeled, if a little mysterious - the kind of man most girls could only ever dream of meeting. He was perfect, and with barely a second thought she gave her heart. But Simon was not quite what he appeared to be, and by the time she realized her mistake, it was too late...
A brash London financier, who's gambled his all on an Asian tiger - once too often...his chauffeur, who's bedding his boss's wife and daughter on the side...a seedy fixer looking for that last big payoff to set him up for life...a suave contract killer with ice running through his veins...these and many other colourful characters converge to make this intricate thriller a gripping read.
"Authentic, intoxicating and satisfying...Lawrence captures the flavour of Bangkok, and the characters, both local and farang
, who populate it, with the sure hand of a master." Dave Thurman, Hong Kong
"Hold on as Lawrence's characters weave their way through the twists and turns of this enthralling story...a fascinating read, with a finale no one will guess!" Thomas Long, London
Dragon's Mouth Press
Hong Kong 2004
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