Smoking Poppy by Graham Joyce
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"Oh that Charlie of mine, how I wanted her back. Dan Innes hasn't seen his daughter for two years. Now he's been delivered shattering news from the British Embassy in Bangkok: the light of his life has been arrested as a drug smuggler, languishing in wait of a probable death sentence in a hellish Chiang Mai jail. Angry and terrified, seething with guilt, reprimands, and questions, he leaves London for Thailand, prepared to fight for his estranged daughter's freedom.

But Dan's visit to the jail is inconclusive, and soon he is following the faintest of trails up in the lawless mountain region close to the border with Myanmar, where opium grows abundantly and the dangers of nature are second only to that of man. It's a place where the fearless and the foolish wander -- and disappear forever. To find Charlie, Dan must retrace her steps -- and brave the same traps that swallowed her. Here he will discover his own limits, his own temptations, as he drifts across the strange tides of an even stranger land, on a terrifying mission of self-discovery, blind faith, and salvation.

As ?uidly ecstatic as a drug, pulsating with a vivid, hothouse atmosphere, "Smoking Poppy takes readers on a hallucinatory -- sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying -- journey across an enthralling, suspense-charged landscape. Graham Joyce, who brilliantly explored the far reaches of human obsession in his acclaimed thriller "Indigo, goes further to prove that such obsession has no boundaries, no taboos, and -- the deeper one gets -- no exit.


About Graham Joyce

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Graham Joyce, a four-time winner of the British Fantasy Award, lives in Leicester, England, with his wife and two children. His books include Indigo, which was a New York Times Notable Book in 2000; Dark Sister, Requiem, and The Tooth Fairy, which was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1998. Visit the author's Web site at
Published October 6, 2013 by G&S Publishing. 288 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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The Chiang Mai jail is but the first stop in a hair-raising search that takes the discordant trio miles and miles into the Thai-Burmese borderland—where opium flows like water, where the law is a laugh, and where Charlie lies in a hallucinatory cell, possibly mad, definitely addicted.

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The action, too, veers toward the inexplicable, as Mick falls in love with a Thai beauty who turns out to be a man and, more urgently, as the woman locked in the local prison turns out to be not Dan's daughter but a hustler traveling on Charlotte's stolen passport.

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This deeply expressed and heartfelt novel peers into the hidden recesses of the human heart, and the way it hides and disguises its love and emotions in an often futile attempt to guard and protect itself from the rebuffs and pain it anticipates, and, in foreknowing, already suffers.

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London electrician Dan Innes is stunned when his estranged wife informs him that the British embassy in Bangkok called about their adult daughter.

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The Zone

Their journey takes them to the very heart of the enigma of the poppy, beautiful and deadly - and each of them discovers their own heart of darkness on the way...

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