Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found brutally murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt. Quercy dynamic, well-connected was the magnetic head of a humanitarian organization which looked after the area's neglected youth. Opening his investigation, the Parisian detective soon finds himself buried in one of his most challenging cases yet. Morel must navigate this complex and politically sensitive crime in a country with few forensic resources, and armed with little more than a series of perplexing questions: what was Quercy doing in a hotel room under a false name? What is the significance of his recent investigations into land grabs in the area? And who could have broken into his home the night of the murder? Becoming increasingly drawn into Quercy's circle of family and friends his adoring widow, his devoted friends and bereft colleagues Commandant Morel will soon discover that in this lush land of great beauty and immense darkness, nothing is quite as it seems.
About the Author
Anna Jaquiery has worked as a journalist in several countries, starting out as a freelance reporter in Russia. "The Lying-Down Room" was the first in the Commandant Morel series