The Jim Thompson story is one the enduring mysteries in post World War II Thailand. The famed Thai Silk King and ex-OSS spy cut one of the most glamorous figures in the swinging decades of the 1950′ and 60’s. From the upper crust of the Atlantic Seaboard gentry, Thompson became wildly successful in his own right as he founded and developed the Thai Silk Company. Then one day, at the height of his success, he went for a simple stroll in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands. James H. W. Thompson was never seen again.
The largest manhunt in Malaysian history turned up nothing. Jim Thompson had vanished into the thin crisp mountain air. He would never be heard from again.
September, 2005: A letter is received at the offices of the Siam Foundation. It is signed: James H. W. Thompson.
Sam Collins, an ex-Boston Police Detective turned university professor, is summoned from the halls of academia. His assignment is simple. Track down the missing Thai Silk King. Reluctantly, Collins accepts the challenge and heads down the treacherous path forged by the mysterious silk merchant.
Murder, Sex, Mayhem! They are Sam Collins’ constant companions as he cuts a swath through Southeast Asia in search of the silk baron. Deceit and treachery lurk in each closet of Jim Thompson’s past. Will Sam unlock the seal on another of Thailand’s great mysteries? Or will Thompson’s enemies lay them both to rest?
Expertly researched, T. Hunt Locke brings Jim Thompson to life as never before in this highly erotic historical thriller.
Targeted Age Group:: 18 to 80
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
A simple stroll through a museum was my inspiration. I have been living in Thailand for over a decade and the culture and traditions of this land are magnificent. Jim Thompson is part of that tradition. Many years ago I took a tour through the Jim Thompson Museum in Bangkok and an idea sprang into my head. However, this was too big a subject to pick up for my first novel. After completing my first novel in the Sam Collins Mystery Series, I felt confident enough to tackle this real life mystery.