Waking the Tiger (Paperback)Mark Wightman (author)
Bringing late-1930's Singapore to vivid life, Wightman's atmospheric mystery centres on a woman's corpse found by the dockside and a tenacious detective unafraid to confront powerful vested interests.
Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021
Longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2021
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2022
A young Japanese woman is found dead on the dockside, her throat slashed.
A distinctive tiger tattoo is the only clue to her identity.
Who is she? And why are the authorities turning a blind eye?
Inspector Maximo Betancourt is working a new beat, one he didn’t ask for. Following the disappearance of his wife, his life and career have fallen apart.
Once a rising star of Singapore CID, Betancourt has been relegated to the Marine Division, with tedious dockyard disputes and goods inspections among his new duties.
But when a beautiful, unidentified Japanese woman is found murdered in the shadow of a warehouse owned by one of Singapore’s most powerful families, Betancourt defies orders and pursues those responsible. What he discovers will bring him into conflict with powerful enemies, and force him to face his personal demons.
Publisher: Hobeck Books Limited
Number of pages: 342
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Intricately plotted, thoroughly authentic and in Betancourt, a world-weary but witty and appealing protagonist, Waking the Tiger is a wonderfully accomplished debut. I felt transported back to the Singapore of the 1940s and I can't wait for the next one. Wightman is a writer we can expect great things of.' - Abir Mukherjee
'A splendidly evoked 1930s Singapore, a determined and engaging detective and a dark and twisting tale - Waking the Tiger is historical crime fiction at its best.'- William Ryan
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