From the author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize—nominated Bad Traffic, a fast-paced adventure novel about two young backpackers who find themselves in serious trouble in the jungle of Southeast Asia
On the Burmese border, two naïve backpackers, Will and Jake, follow a tour guide into the jungle, tantalized by the possibility of dalliances with the tribal women who live there. At an idyllic waterfall, they discover that nothing is as it seems and their guide has his own agenda. It is not long before the two young men slip into a nightmarish spiral of murder and moral decay, their chance of survival determined by a game of hideand- seek played out with deadly crossbows. As the stakes get increasingly higher, the bonds of friendship are tested and lives are put on the line. Simon Lewis has written a gripping, amphetaminepaced novel about the hidden perils that can lurk in paradise, and the fine line that we draw for ourselves between what is “civilized” and what is not.
In Lewis's well-paced, suspenseful stand-alone, two na ve Brits, Will and Jake, who are backpacking in China, venture into a forest near the Burmese border, guided by Howard, a seedy gone-native white guy, in the hope of seeing a picturesque waterfall and meeting tribal girls with no hang-ups about casual sex. Lewis (Bad Traffic) uses initially small but ominous steps to pave this road to a jungle hell. The young men willingly sink into a morass of shifting perceptions and intentions: Howard turns out to be a smuggler or worse, and the girls prove to be pawns in a deadly game. Jake goads Will into once unthinkable acts, tearing their friendship to pieces and trapping them both in a tightening noose of deceit, violence, and homicide. The author shows how easily privileged youths who think they can control their lives can slip into depravity, on a jungle trek that leads them into the very heart of darkness.