Endorsement of A Walk in the Thai Sun, by G.J.C. McKitrick

When cultures intersect the results can be mystifying, and it would be hard to find a novel more attuned to how Christian mission, North American justice, and Thai Buddhism muddle their way toward solving a crime. The suspense builds. McKitrick is a superb writer and story-teller; his people are unique individuals rather than stereotypes, the dialog is remarkably authentic, the physical settings (particularly the heat) seem visceral. Though set in the ‘80s, this narrative reflects realities that would easily fit in the  present.

The “walk” of the title describes how a Canadian cop tracks around Thailand as he investigates the mysterious murder of his son, a young missionary. Though old-fashioned missionary work has somehow resulted in conversions, this novel is not “Christian fiction.” Sam Watson is skeptical about religion but he wants justice. And justice has a different face when police corruption and ethnic misunderstandings are involved. The facts of the case are skewed as money, power and language differences clash, and it is significant that to solve the crime a Canadian cop teams up with a blind translator, a convert to Christianity. This is a great read.

Luci Shaw