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Kingdom of Make-Believe

318 pages5 hours


A New York publisher who once served in Thailand during the Vietnam War receives a plea for help from his late brother’s Thai widow. When he returns to Thailand after 20 years he finds that the nostalgic portrait he carried of Thailand Past bears little resemblance to reality, and he begins to uncover deception, danger and death.

Scenes in the novel range from Manhattan’s Greenwich Village to a typhoon-ravaged Hong Kong to Thailand’s notorious nightlife and warlord betrayals inside the Golden Triangle. A gripping mystery and exotic thriller, it is also the story of a man coming to terms with reality and with himself.

“An exciting thriller...A gripping mystery documenting Dean Barrett as a writer in full possession of his craft.”
- The Midwest Book Review

“A tantalizing taste of a culture, worlds apart from our own. Dean Barrett paints a sharp, clear picture of the reality of life. Very Highly Recommended.”
- Under the Covers Book Review

“Kingdom of Make-Believe captures a slice of Thailand as it really is -- and was. The novel could only have been written by one who has experienced the Kingdom – and felt the pangs of seeing its magic mirrors crack and shatter.”
-Denis Gray, Chief of Bureau, AP, Bangkok

Barrett’s prose is spare, but his images are rich: a winning combination....His obvious intimate knowledge of Thailand combined with a very considerable writing talent make Kingdom of Make-Believe a tough book to put down.”
- January Magazine

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