Cambodia - a country re-emerging from a half century of war, genocide, famine and cultural collapse.
German Detective Maier travels to Phnom Penh, the Asian kingdom's ramshackle capital, to find the heir to a Hamburg coffee empire.
As soon as the private eye and former war reporter arrives in Cambodia, his search for the young coffee magnate leads into the darkest corners of the country's history, and through the history of the communist revolution to the White Spider, a Nazi war criminal, who hides amongst the detritus of modern Cambodia and reigns over an ancient Khmer temple deep in the jungle.
Maier, captured and imprisoned, is forced into the worst job of his life - he is to write the biography of the White Spider, a tale of mass murder that reaches from the Cambodian Killing Fields back to Europe's concentration camps - or die...
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