This week’s recommended read The Bone Ritual comes from Krystyna Green, Publishing Director at Constable:
Location is everything in this debut police procedural-with-a-difference from Julian Lees, who himself has spent the past 20 years living in South East Asia. His protagonist, Ruud Pujasumarta, is an Indonesian detective based in the capital city, and as we become immersed in the novel, it’s Jakarta that springs to life with its sights and smells, the heat, dirt and dust rising from the streets, the local fast food available at every corner, and the noise… it’s just the overwhelming multicultural, multiracial feel of the place that thrills and makes you want to visit!
The crimes Ruud and his team have to solve are gory, complex – and surprising – but while their investigations tick every box in what you would expect from a thrilling crime novel, it’s the city that stays in your mind long after you’ve turned the final page. Fortunately we plan to return to Jakarta – and Ruud! – later on this year as we have book 2, The Burnings, coming in October.