One of Booklist’s Best Crime Novels of the Year
Tess Hardy thought she had put Luke, her violent ex-husband, firmly in her past. Then he calls from Cambodia, where he is working as a mine-clearer, and there’s something in his voice she hasn’t heard before: Fear. Two weeks later, he’s dead.
Against her better judgment, Tess is drawn to Cambodia and to the killing fields. Keeping her relationship to Luke a closely guarded secret, Tess joins his team of mine clearers, who are shaken to the core by Luke’s sudden death. Even in their grief, the group remains a tightly knit and tightly wound community in which almost everyone has something to hide.
At the same time, the circle of death begins to expand. Teenage mothers are disappearing from villages around the minefields, while others are being found mutilated and murdered, their babies abandoned. Everywhere there are whispers about the White Crocodile, a mythical beast that brings death to all who meet it. Caught in a web of secrets and lies, Tess must unravel the truth, and quickly. The crocodile is watching, and Tess may be its next victim.
Combining the technical expertise of military suspense with a richly drawn sense of place, White Crocodile forges new ground in the thriller genre. Medina’s internationally acclaimed debut announces the arrival of a prodigiously talented novelist whom readers will be discussing for years to come.
K. T. Medina spent five years in the British armed forces, rising to troop commander in the Royal Engineers. She was previously managing editor at Jane’s Information Group, where she was responsible for providing information on small arms, armor, artillery, and land mines to global militaries. She has an MBA from the London School of Economics, where she is a guest lecturer, and an MFA from Bath Spa University. She lives in London with her husband and three children.
“Hard to put down . . . Those who liked Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train should also appreciate K.T. Medina’s White Crocodile.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Medina’s writing radiates with adrenaline. . . . Supernaturally sinister and convincingly gripping . . . An atmospheric and disquieting crime thriller.” —Shelf Awareness
“Absorbing . . . Suspenseful . . . Convincingly evokes a heartbreaking place” —Publishers Weekly
“A strongly written thriller and a passionate meditation. There is yet another accomplished crime writer joining the sizeable throng of names to which attention must be paid.” —The Independent (UK)
“An exciting first novel, from a huge new talent.” —Mo Hayder, Edgar Award-winning author of Gone