For fans of John Burdett (Bangkok 8) and John Le Carre (The Constant Gardener): Toxic Spirits is a highly atmospheric thriller set in Thailand, a playground for colorful expats, beautiful women and limitless skullduggery. Narrated with insightful meditations on nature and biodiversity, interspersed with macabre violence and dark hilarity, the novel is also a brilliant, genetics- and AI-inspired take on multiculturalism and personal identity.
“A complex and enthralling international intrigue with a treasure of remarkable detail neatly packed into a short novel that dances on the edge of John le Carré territory. A rich read from start to finish.” —Frederick Barthelme, author of New Yorker stories, five story collections, and eleven novels including There Must Be Some Mistake
“Mani writes Thailand beautifully with heart and a lot of souls.” —Colin Cotterill, author of The Coroner’s Lunch, from the Dr. Siri Paiboun mystery series, and sixteen other novels set in Laos and Thailand
“Toxic Spirits is a striking debut. Its prose, fluid, will tug you along; its dialogue, rendered gracefully, sparkles with authority; its plot is loaded with much to love, plenty to leave you in the kind of wonderment your soul has sought in books." —Mark Wisniewski, Pushcart-prize winning short story writer and author of three novels, including Watch Me Go
“A unique and beautiful novel that takes the reader deep into the jungle that is the human soul.” —Amazon reviewer Livia P.
“A fabulous writer whose sensuous and affecting prose both beguiles and transforms.” —Tom Vowler, author of story collection The Method and novel What Lies Within