Saigon, 1946

Michel Christian is born in a pauper’s hospital during a tropical storm. The nuns call him a punishment from God. At five years old, he is thrown out on the dangerous streets to survive as best he can. He is bui doi – the dust of life.

He grows into a ferocious manhood in the back alleys of wartime Saigon. He learns not only to survive, but to thrive, in a pitiless world. Brilliant, chilling and charismatic, there is no prison that can hold him, no policeman he cannot buy.

But Michel remembers every beating and every betrayal, and declares vengeance on those who abandoned him.

From the notorious Tihar prison to Bangkok’s dark underbelly, along the 1970s hippie trails of Asia to the ancient Indian city of Varanasi, this is a tale of fate, love and obsession, loosely based on a true story.


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”Colin Falconer has an incredible ability to write knowledgeably about nations around the world and this story moves through many different countries. The reader can’t help be impressed by his descriptions and details, from Tet celebrations in Viet Nam to death practices on the Ganges in India. The plot follows a lost, forgotten boy who evolves into a serial killer, one whose complicated psyche eventually contributes to his demise. Highly recommended.” ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Amazon Review.

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