The Motion Picture Teller (Hardcover)
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An enchanting new standalone novel from CWA Dagger winner Colin Cotterill, set in Bangkok: a mystery without a crime, where the line between fact and fiction blurs, and nothing is as simple as it appears
Thailand, 1996: Supot, a postman with the Royal Thai Mail service, hates his job. The only bright spot in his life is watching classic movies with his best friend, Ali, the owner of a video store. These cinephiles adore the charisma of the old Western stars, particularly the actresses, and bemoan the state of modern Thai cinema—until a mysterious cassette, entitled Bangkok 2010, arrives at Ali’s store.
Bangkok 2010 is a dystopian film set in a near-future Thailand—and Supot and Ali, immediately obsessed, agree it’s the most brilliant Thai movie they’ve ever seen. But nobody else has ever heard of the movie, the director, the actors, or any of the crew. Who would make a movie like this and not release it, and why?
Feeling a powerful calling to solve the mystery of Bangkok 2010, Supot journeys deep into the Thai countryside and discovers that powerful people are dead set on keeping the film buried.
About the Author
Colin Cotterill is the author of fifteen books in the Dr. Siri Paiboun series. His fiction has won a Dilys Award and a CWA Dagger in the Library. He lives in Chumphon, Thailand, with his wife and a number of deranged dogs.
Praise for The Motion Picture Teller
A BookPage Best Mystery of 2023 (So Far)
“If you love movies, mayhem and mystery, The Motion Picture Teller has it all . . . A delightful read, with charming characters and a vivid setting.”
"A marvelously entertaining book—it’s a buddy caper, spy thriller, gritty noir and even a dash of romcom all rolled into one delightfully fresh, highly enjoyable story with a charming cast of characters and a plot full of surprises. Don’t miss this!"
—Liese O’Halloran Schwarz, author of What Could Be Saved
“By turns witty, warm, charming and poignant, The Motion Picture Teller is perhaps Cotterill’s finest novel thus far.”
—BookPage, Starred Review
“The Motion Picture Teller could be the strangest mystery you read this year, or even this decade. And you absolutely won't forget it.”
“The Motion Picture Teller is a charming novel about hopes, dreams, and having the courage to find the place you’re truly meant to be.”
—Los Angeles Public Library
“A feel-good book for classic movie lovers . . . Satisfying and warmly sentimental.”
—Dayton Daily News
“A charming book.”
—Reviewing the Evidence
“Cotterill has a double-edged sense of humor that can be gentle with humans yet skewer political ideology.”
—The Complete Review
“Ample suspense . . . Cotterill explores with empathy and insight the power of movies to enrich and even guide our lives. An offbeat, uplifting thriller every movie lover will cherish.”
“Heartfelt characters, vividly drawn setting, and subtle humor . . . Both established fans and those new to Cotterill will be charmed.”
Praise for Colin Cotterill
“Tragically funny and magically sublime.”
“Wry, culturally incisive and utterly captivating.”
—The Washington Post
“Cotterill has a gift for tempering bad stuff . . . with gently ironic humor and frequent doses of slightly kooky occultism. His books are thus a welcome balm for our own current baffling and chaotic political climate.”
—The Seattle Times