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Murder on the Mekong Audiobook

Murder on the Mekong: A Notorious Pirate, a Global Superpower, and a Mystery in the Golden Triangle

At first, what happened on the Mekong River on October 5, 2011 seemed like a simple matter of rough frontier justice. A detachment of Thai military commandos reported that they had confronted a band of drug runners smuggling methamphetamines out of the Golden Triangle, the famously lawless borderlands between Burma, Laos, and Thailand. A gunfight ensued, the smugglers fled, and the commandos seized two barges and a haul of nearly a million pills.
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At first, what happened on the Mekong River on October 5, 2011 seemed like a simple matter of rough frontier justice. A detachment of Thai military commandos reported that they had confronted a band of drug runners smuggling methamphetamines out of the Golden Triangle, the famously lawless borderlands between Burma, Laos, and Thailand. A gunfight ensued, the smugglers fled, and the commandos seized two barges and a haul of nearly a million pills. The story appeared to be over-until the bodies started washing ashore. There were thirteen of them, all Chinese merchant mariners-not hardened criminals. And they appeared to have been executed in cold blood.

It was the largest massacre of Chinese civilians outside of China in over half a century, and Beijing quickly named the culprit: Naw Kham, a mysterious former guerrilla warrior turned river pirate who had haunted the Golden Triangle for years. Regarded as a feared terrorist by some and a local Robin Hood by others, Naw Kham was undoubtedly a skilled criminal-but was he a mass murderer? In Murder on the Mekong, Jeff Howe travels to the scene of the crime that transfixed East Asia and finds a tale of adventure, deception, and political intrigue.

Reporting supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

©2013 Jeff Howe, The Atavist (P)2013 Jeff Howe, The Atavist

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    Shipwrecked 07-29-15
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    Recommended. Know what you're buying. The audiobook is about 1.5 hours long and the production values are perhaps below average. But the author reads the work himself and does a fine job. As someone else noted, this was originally a magazine article and therefore expect excellent investigative reporting instead of the depth of background and detail you would get from a long nonfiction book. That said, what you get is a fascinating story of murder, corruption, and the complicated economics of an outlaw region on borders of the civilized world. The tale the author pieces together reads like a James Ellroy novel come to life on the other side of the globe - if that sounds like your cup of tea, you'll enjoy this.

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