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Zero Hour in Phnom Penh Paperback – January 17, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


"Moore does a great job in Zero Hour of depicting two places I hope to never be - a seedy lakeside brothel, which doubles as a murder scene and the inside of a real life Cambodian prison, where life is not just cheap, to some it's worthless. Moore seeks out societies at crossroads and he finds one in Cambodia, but in the process he tells the reader a ripper of a yarn with the added bonus of making us realize how unlucky some people are or conversely how lucky we are."
--Kevin Cummings, Thailand Footprint: People, Things, Literature

"Zero Hour in Phnom Penh is political, courageous and perhaps [Moore's] most important work. Moore is a brilliant storyteller and a masterful character inventor."

"The story is fast-paced and entertaining. Even outside of his Bangkok comfort zone, Moore shows he is one of the best chroniclers of the expat diaspora."
--The Daily Yomiuri 

"A thriller in which the importance of the single crime shrinks visibly at the sight of mass murder and grand corruption."
--Thomas Klingenmaier, Stuttgarter Zeitung

"Moore writes to entertain, and that he does."
--Bangkok Post

"It was ten years ago in Cambodia, but this great novel sits well after Kandahar, Luanda, Kabul, Baghdad and other places where the brutality of war destroys the souls of humanity."
--KulturNews, Hamburg

"A layered novel which transports the reader to the time when this beautifully complex country [Cambodia] is attempting to put the pieces of their broken past back together, while the pieces continue on a perpetual crumble.... A highly entertaining read that will stay in the forefront of your mind long after the book is closed, finished and has found its place back on the bookshelf."
--Will Bowie's list of the 21 Greatest Books to inspire travel

From the Back Cover

In the early 1990s, at the end of the devastating civil war UN peacekeeping forces try to keep the lid on the violence. Gunfire can still be heard nightly in Phnom Penh, where Vietnamese prostitutes try to hook UN peacekeepers from the balcony of the Lido Bar.

Calvino traces leads on a missing farang from Bangkok to war-torn Cambodia, through the Russian market, hospitals, nightclubs, news briefings, and UNTAC Headquarters. Calvino's buddy, Colonel Pratt, knows something that Calvino does not: the missing man is connected with the jewels stolen from the Saudi royal family. Calvino quickly finds out that he is not the only one looking for the missing farang.

Product details

  • ISBN-10 : 6167503001
  • ISBN-13 : 978-6167503004
  • Paperback : 346 pages
  • Product Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.72 x 7.8 inches
  • Item Weight : 12 ounces
  • Publisher : Heaven Lake Press (January 17, 2011)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 20 ratings