The Dying Beach, the third novel in my Jayne Keeney PI series, is released today 1 July 2013. The book follows on from Behind the Night Bazaar (2006) and The Half-Child (2010) and is set in April 1997 in the southern Thai province of Krabi. Here’s the publisher’s blurb:
As Jayne and Rajiv holiday in Krabi, Jayne can’t stop her mind straying to thoughts of the future: a successful business, perhaps even a honeymoon. Who would have thought she could be so content?
But then their tour guide’s body is found floating in the shallows and no one can explain the marks around her neck. Jayne and Rajiv are pulled into a case that the police have already decided isn’t one: a case that will pull at the seams of their fledgling relationships and lead Jayne into grave danger.
I’m thrilled that Readings has made The Dying Beach their crime fiction Book of the Month. Read Fiona Hardy’s review here. I love her description of Jayne as “another crime protagonist doomed to never enjoy a vacation.”
The Dying Beach was inspired in part by the setting. I first visited Krabi in January 2009 and the moment I set eyes on Princess Beach, I knew I had to set a novel there. While giving me the excuse to return in April 2011 to conduct the field research that underpins The Dying Beach, I acknowledge the outrage of setting a crime novel in one of the most beautiful parts of the planet.
The other main source of inspiration for The Dying Beach was the work of Thai activists in the 1990s to strengthen environmental protections in the face of competing interests and official indifference. My partner and fellow crime writer Andrew Nette worked for a regional environmental organisation when we lived in Bangkok in 1997-98, and without giving anything away, I drew heavily on his files in developing the plot.
Being a Jayne Keeney novel, the story is shot through with tension and humour, not to mention the usual smoking, drinking and shagging.
So as my seven-year-old would say, ‘Tah-dah!’ I give you The Dying Beach.
I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
PS I’ll be celebrating launch day tonight at The Dog’s Bar in St Kilda, chatting with Angela Meyer and Robert Gott as part of the Dog’s Tales series of writers’ events. Event details on Facebook here.