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Jakarta Shadows Paperback – 1 May 2002

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tindal Street (1 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953589587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953589586
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,870,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stimulating and highly atmospheric thriller, reminiscent of both Ambler and Greene ... An auspicious debut ... -- Tangled Web UK Review June 2002

Birmingham's excellent publishing house has unearthed a winner in Mr Brayne...Compelling and disturbing...a well-judged thriller. -- Sunday Mercury, May 5, 2002

Echoes of Graham Greene...stylish, thought-provoking thriller...reeks of the damp heat, violence and corruption of Indonesia -- The Bookseller, February 8, 2002

Hot, damp, colourful, dirty...Superior debut from Brayne...penetrating insight into the uncomfortable dynamics of a post-colonial society. -- Manchester Evening News, May 11, 2002

[Brayne] manages to deliver a stimulating and highly atmospheric thriller, reminiscent of Ambler and Greene ... An auspicious debut. -- Tangled Web website, June 2002

About the Author

Alan Brayne was born in the Black Country, and currently works in Indonesia where he has taught English since 1996. Jakarta Shadows is his first novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 July 2002
Format: Paperback
For me, it was very interesting to read a book about my own country.
I like the book because the author is not arrogant - in my country we say sombong. He understands that my country has problems with corruption but now there is reformasi and perhaps in the future my country will be free.
I very like the way he talks about the IMF and how they are not really friends of my country but friends of America and big financal business.
I think if you read this book you will understand my country more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I was extremely happy to find this book for my Summer Hols. Like The Beach, Alan Brayne explores the darker side of a South-East Asian paradise. However, unlike Alex Garland's best-seller, Jakarta Shadows is a fast-paced thriller which pulls no punches. It also challenges the reader to question whether Indonesia has really made "progress" since the overthrow of Suharto and the advent of democracy.
As someone who has travelled in Indonesia, it never ceases to amaze me at the acute lack of interest in this country, especially as it is the largest Muslim country in the world. This book would be an excellent introduction to anybody wanting to know more about Indonesia, while still providing an absorbing story.
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By A Customer on 3 Jun. 2002
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Had me gripped from the first paragraph. Gin-sodden, alienated aid worker, Graham, is caught up in an investigation into a series of sex murders and manipulated by shadowy forces so he can't tell who, if anyone, he can trust. He's far from your traditional square-jawed hero, but as the odds against his survival mount, your sympathy for this flawed narrator grows: by the time he faces interrogation by a malevolent but exquisitely polite stranger in his own soulless living room I was shaking with terror along with him.
What's more, Brayne lives up to his name: he feeds the brain as well as jangling the nerves. Too many thrillers set in developing countries use the location just as an exotic backdrop, and convince you only that the author's flown in for some brief tax-deductible research. Alan Brayne has apparently lived in Indonesia for years, and it shows. I've never been there, but I could smell the poverty, feel the heat, squirm at the behaviour of drunk sex tourists and the self-satisfied superiority of even well-meaning westerners - and sympathise with the Indonesians who do what they must to earn some sort of living. He shows you how corruption rots everything it touches, so you can begin to understand how impossible it must be to keep your hands clean.
I'm not sure that I ever unravelled what was going on - I guess you're probably not supposed to - but found it an immensely satisfying read. If you like Graham Greene, Timothy Mo or even Alex Garland you'll love this. And if you're heading for Bali's beaches, this'll give you a better glimpse under the surface of life in Indonesia than any guidebook.
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