I’ve been following a number of threads for some weeks and
thought it was time to make an introduction. My name is Christopher G. Moore
and I write a PI series set in Southeast Asia.
early-90s I spent six weeks a year over a five-year period working in Saigon.
The experience I picked up formed the basis for Comfort Zone, the fourth novel,
in the Vincent Calvino private eye series. The early 90s was a time of uncertainty
and the economic system like the infrastructure was wrecked after years of war.
The American embargo hadn’t been lifted. People floated around in rags, begging
in the streets. If noir means a kind of darkness from which there is little
possibility of escape, what I found in Vietnam during that time matched that
definition. I talked with a fair number of Vietnam veterans passing through
Vietnam and Thailand over that period and most of them were having trouble
escaping from the ghosts of their recent past.
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