"When his girlfriend takes a job as a schoolteacher in northern Thailand, Mischa Berlinski goes along for the ride, working as little as possible for one of Thailand's English-language newspapers. One evening a fellow expatriate tips him off to a story. A charismatic American anthropologist, Martiya van der Leun, has been found dead - a suicide - in the Thai prison where she was serving a life sentence for murder." "Motivated at first by simple curiosity, which soon grows into an obsession, Mischa seeks out the details of Martiya's mysterious life and death. His search leads him into the family history of Martiya's victim, a young missionary who came to Christ by way of the Grateful Dead, and also into the world of the Thai hill tribes, whose way of life becomes a battleground for two competing, and utterly American, ways of looking a the world."--BOOK JACKET.
Journalists -- Fiction.
Missionaries -- Fiction.
Thailand -- Fiction.
Women anthropologists -- Fiction.