Mar 10, 2016

Cambodia Noir by Nicholas Seeley

The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice.
Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.

Cambodia Noir, thriller/adventure by Nicholas Seeley, to be released March 15, 2016 by Scribner. 
Source: book for review from publisher 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 
Once-great war photographer Will Keller spends his days floating from one score to the next.... But Will's spiral toward oblivion is interrupted by Kara Saito, a beautiful woman who begs Will to help find her sister, June, who disappeared during a stint as an intern at the local paper (publisher)

Book beginning: 
Airports kill me.
I need to stop thinking about Paris, which is close to impossible at the best of times. But in the farthest wing of Frankfurt terminal, a couple of hours before dawn, as I'm waiting for a plane to carry me away to a city whose name I cannot properly pronounce...well, it's a terrible place to be alone with one's thoughts. 

Page 56: 
This one isn't reading catalogs: she just puts her stuff in a bag and she goes.

My comments: A story of a former war journalist searching for a missing woman in Cambodia - these two people left their regular lives to forget and reinvent themselves somewhere else. Interesting character studies with a backdrop of corruption, politics, and danger in a developing country. I gave this noir thriller five stars. 

About the Author
Nick Seeley is an international journalist based over the past decade in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Middle East Report, and Traveler’s Tales, among others. His fiction and criticism has been published in Strange Horizons. He is originally from Fairfax, Virginia. Cambodia Noir is his first novel.


  1. The cover alone makes me want to read it! :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

  2. Sounds like this author has experience in the setting. I am interested.
    My Friday Quotes

  3. Interesting. Not too much revealed about the story line - but I will check it out. Here's my Friday Book Hour

  4. I like to read about fictional or true photographers.

  5. The book's premise sounds intriguing.

    I really like the opening. I would keep reading this.

  6. This is the first time I've seen this book - sounds interesting - hope you enjoy it. Here's my Friday meme

  7. I'm not sure I've ever read a book set in Cambodia. Very, very interesting. Will look for it.

  8. I am fascinated by journalists, photographers...and mysteries, too. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy! Here's mine: “THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT”

  9. I don't get the 56 at all, but the beginning was enough to pull me in.
    Happy weekend!

  10. I'd read more, for sure. The title doesn't necessarily grab me, but the blurb does.

    My 56 -

  11. ENJOY....looks good.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  12. Harvee, I'd read more! Thanks for sharing this book's beginning. Have a great weekend!


I love getting comments and your thoughts...

Mailbox Monday: Treachery Times Two by Robert McCaw

  Mailbox Monday  is hosted by Velvet, Serena, and Martha.  It's Monday: What Are You Reading  is hosted by Book Date A review copy of t...