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Title: Black Water
Authors: Doughty, Louise
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 344
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: Risk analyst John Harper is twiddling his thumbs in some compulsory 'time-out' in the hills of Bali; his Amsterdam-based intelligence organisation is not happy with his recent 'errors of judgement' around the current unrest. It's 1998 and as he reflects on his past, especially his earlier role in Indonesia's coup and counter coup of 1965, he glimpses the tantalising possibility of a different future with the arrival of Rita, a teacher with her own troubled past.

Moving between time periods, this is a story of personal and national turmoil, steeped in bribery and corruption and the legacies of colonialism and the Cold War, but compassionate in its portrayal of a man wrestling with the moral anguish of personal responsibility.

Categories: Fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Faction, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Suspense/Thriller, Indonesia, 2019 Titles

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