From the heart of Burma's exotic Rubyland comes an emotional thriller, as three lives are thrown together by the desperate choices they make to survive in a country gripped by civil war
In 1980s Burma, the British ambassador's son goes missing.
Discovered in the north of the country, Michael Atwood is in imminent danger, trapped between sides fighting a bitter civil war and with no way of getting back to Rangoon. His best hope of salvation is to trust Thuza, a ruby smuggler who offers to help him escape.
Beautiful and deeply scarred, Thuza has spent her entire life in a frontier town between rebel and government forces, never choosing a side but trying to make a living from both. For Thuza, the ambassador's son is her ticket out of poverty. For Than, an ambitious military officer, exploiting those caught up in the war offers an opportunity for promotion and distinction.
But as all three learn to their cost, in this exotic, enigmatic and savage country, everyone has a price.
This is a tale of ambition, salvation and hope that confirms Lucy Cruickshanks as a master storyteller.
Lucy Cruickshanks' writing is powerful, pacy, vivid and involving
Pleasingly ingenious . . . Full of effective surprises . . . There is a raw energy - Praise for The Trader of Saigon
Beautifully written, immensely atmospheric, the characters are unforgettable . . . This is a compelling story that will touch your heart - Praise for The Trader of Saigon
Authentic, beautiful and highly accomplished . . . all novels should aspire to be this good - Praise for The Trader of Saigon
The Trader of Saigon has tremendous resonance for Vietnam today - Praise for The Trader of Saigon
A beautifully atmospheric novel... I feel like I've visited Vietnam, walked the dirty and dusty streets, wandered through the endless rice fields and can even describe the smells lingering in the humid air - Praise for The Trader of Saigon
Vivid, startling and absorbing - Praise for The Trader of Saigon