By T M. Hoy

Prison is harsh sufficient, yet as a foreigner (“farang”) in an odd land, reformatory time is a fair extra scary fact. Rotting within the Bangkok Hilton is a set of brief tales chronicling T. M. Hoy’s descent into the harrowing global of Southeast Asian criminal lifestyles. via his eyes, readers will event the unusual occasions of lifestyle in a Thai greatest safety felony: believe the burden of the chains he wears, the stomachaches from loss of nutrition, witness the murders, drug overdoses, torture, and unbridled cruelty that ensues. 

Sentenced to existence in legal, Hoy does his top to just accept the destiny he’s been given. whereas trying to “adjust” to this third-world hellhole, he contracts tuberculosis and approximately loses his life. 

Hoy’s tales are brutal and his phrases are heart-wrenching. move locations you’ve in basic terms noticeable on your nightmares, to a global during which few live to tell the tale, and none emerge unscathed . . . and if you’re fortunate, you’ll die prior to you actually start to suffer.

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