Australian Jillian Parker's scorched remains are discovered in her burnt-out car in Jakarta. Ruud Pujasumarta and his team are brought in to investigate what appears at first to be a routine homicide.
But when Canadian citizen Anita Dalloway's charred body is found a few days later Ruud finds a banner unfurled by the corpse's feet. A verse from the Quran is scribbled across it, calling for unbelievers to be burned. The killer is targeting Christians. And the team's suspicions are confirmed when a third body, that of English backpacker Emily Grealish, turns up with the same modus operandi.
But who is responsible? Is it the senior Australian diplomat from the embassy who was obsessed by the first victim? The Imam who preaches Sharia law? The Indonesian three-star military general taking backhanders? Or the local drug dealer with a score to settle?
Ruud is suspicious that the killer may be someone much closer to home, someone Ruud has trusted for many years. And what he discovers puts his and those around him in danger.
The Burnings is the second in a crime series set in contemporary Jakarta and featuring Inspektur Ruud Pujasumarta.
About the Author
Julian Lees was born and raised in Hong Kong. He attended boarding school in England and currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with his wife and children. The author novels are set in a world where East meets West, a cross-cultural world which he captures bewitchingly and dramatically in his fiction.
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