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Frank Hurst, who writes under a pseudonym, was born in London and spent thirty-six years as an investigator for HM Customs, Scotland Yard and the British Foreign Office.
“Graham Greene and George Orwell have been very inspirational. The lines are so simple but so descriptive at all sorts of levels. My love of the Far East has been a reoccurring theme and so I found Orwell’s first book “Burmese Days” brilliant to read – tragic and politically very thought provoking, and Greene’s “The Quiet American” set in 1950s Vietnam is simply wonderful. I modelled Mike Rawlin on the central character in that book to some extent.” Frank Hurst – author of the Mike Rawlin Crime Thriller Trilogy
LONDONER Frank Hurst is a former drugs intelligence investigator whose work for HM Customs, Scotland Yard and the Foreign Office took him all over the world.
Currently in Thailand, writing book 3 of the Golden Triangle trilogy.
The new book has just arrived on the shelves of Asia books, right next to "The Postmistress of Nong Khai" too!
I was very lucky that my work took me to Thailand in the mid-80s. We were investigating Howard Marks (Mr Nice) at the time and my office needed someone to see what he was up to in Bangkok. Bangkok simply blew me away. The juxtaposition of chaotic city, tranquil Buddhist temples, belching exhausts and the wonderful smell of spicy street food was a heady mix.
Press release for the new book, currently being sent to reviewers.
The promo video for the new book has now been completed.
Frank Hurst is a British retired career intelligence officer and investigator who has been calling Phuket, his home since 2011. In this interview he talks about his life experiences and his latest book The Chiang Mai Assignment, a thriller set in Thailand.
I had a great time doing this podcast with Phuket News.
The topic of smuggling premium drugs from South and Southeast Asia during the latter half of the 20th century has been the basis for several good reads – non-fiction, fiction and a handful of titles that mix a little bit and a whole lot of both.
A tale of passion, deception and intrigue set in London and Thailand against a backdrop of the dangerous world of international drug smuggling may seem like the stuff of thrillers.
Drugs are a trillion-dollar business and the so-called War on Drugs is under-financed. So much is paid to the powers that be to turn a blind eye that those who fight the good fight deserve the credit they get when busting a drug ring.
Mike Rawlins' rise through the ranks in the investigation department of Customs and Excise has been steady, culminating in his dream posting: attachment to the British Embassy, Thailand. It gets even better when he realises a name from his past is also operating out of the country on the other side of the law. Mike's attempts to nail him over the years have become personal and now, thanks to local informant or 'Postmistress' Lek, prosecution is a possibility. What Mike doesn't realise is the cost the chase will exact… not yet anyway.