5 Thrilling Reads for Your Next Asia Adventure
Shock, suspense, the satisfying denouement — nothing quite compares to having a good thriller on your journey through Asia. The team at Remote Lands is excited to share some of our favorite Asia-based mysteries, noir tales, and political intrigues to help you decide on the perfect read to inspire your next trip.
YOUR NEXT ASIA ADVENTURE
Shock, suspense, the satisfying denouement — nothing quite compares to having a good thriller on your journey through Asia. The team at Remote Lands is excited to share some of our favorite Asia-based mysteries, noir tales, and political intrigues to help you decide on the perfect read to inspire your next trip.DEATH OF A RED HEROINE
From Judge Dee to Midnight in Peking, the Middle Kingdom is steeped in dramatic tales of mystery and murder. Sorting through the labyrinth of 1990s Chinese politics, Death of a Red Heroine follows Chen Cao through Shanghai on a peculiar journey to high-ranking party cadres and jealous lovers to solve the murder of model worker Guan Hongying.THE QUIET AMERICAN
Graham Greene’s The Quiet American is perhaps the greatest of all Asia-based thrillers, a literary classic and an intense, thoughtful read. From Saigon to Hanoi, the intriguing sites visited by Greene can still be travelled to today. The novel — a testament to the abiding power of love, colonialism, and war — has been turned into countless films and plays and is a must-read for anyone traveling to Vietnam.MURDER AT MOUNT FUJI
Sometimes dubbed the Agatha Christie of Japan, Sizuko Natsuki created an all-time mystery favorite with Murder at Mt. Fuji — a favorite destination in the Land of the Rising Sun. The first of her works to ever be translated into English and the subject of TV shows and film, the book centers on Ukyo Nakazato and Katsubei Aiura who investigate the death of a family patriarch and uncover a maze of family drama.BANGKOK 8
Bangkok is, undoubtedly, the capital of noir fiction. The back alleys of the Thai capital have been the subject of numerous crime stories — both real and imagined — from foreign authors for more than a century. The first in the series and the origin of perhaps Thailand’s most well-known detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, this tale from John Burdett sends a determined detective on a good, old-fashioned vigilante mission through Bangkok’s seedy underbelly to get justice for his partner.THE SYMPATHIZER Pulitzer Prize winning The Sympathizer from Viet Thanh Nguyen is a story of a half-French, half-Vietnamese boy recruited by the Viet Minh who becomes a double agent for North Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and tries to build the life of a refugee in Los Angeles. This celebrated work of both literature and spycraft has been applauded for its touching realism and heart-pounding drama.
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