When intelligence officer Mike Rawlin falls for his beautiful Thai informant, he seems set on a path that could wreck his investigation and destroy his life.
Although a work of fiction, The Postmistress of Nong Khai provides authentic insights into the domain of international narcotics smuggling and its methodology, and the clandestine work of collaborating law enforcement agencies to expose it. While the humour and romance will have a broad appeal it is also the account of a man in crisis, obsessed by his classified work, who enters a dangerous relationship that will take him perilously close to catastrophe.
"An excellent first novel, with a gripping, well paced plot all within the bounds of plausibility. The romantic sub-plot certainly ratchets up the tension. Hugely entertaining."
"This is an outstanding first novel. I was first attracted by the title since I work and live in Laos, across the Friendship Bridge from Nong Khai. Frank Hurst captures the heart and soul of the girls who sacrifice their very human side for their security and that of their families. He sees Thailand and the drug problem as it is and the people, both Thai and foreign, whose lives are dedicated to stopping the flow of the drug trade, knowing that they are swimming upstream. The action in the story is riveting, taking the reader on a wild ride while the ending will blow you away and looking forward to a sequel."
A recently retired career intelligence officer and investigator with over thirty-five yearsâ€™ with Her Majestyâ€™s Customs, Scotland Yard and the British Foreign Office, which took him to over fifty countries in pursuit of UK objectives, building cases against the most serious global drugs traffickers and organised crime groups.