Patricia Snel

The Expat

Dutch expat Julia de Rijck uses husband Paul's telescope to spy on Dave across the pool in their luxury Singapore condominium. Despite their mutual attraction there is something about the man that makes Julia uneasy. When Dave's maid, Angelica, dies in suspicious circumstances, Julia gets pulled into a world of secrets and discovers a less visible Singapore of exploitation and prostitution.

The Expat is a gripping story of greed, love, infidelity and crime in Singapore.
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    In spite of the fact that it was still the rainy season, which started around December and lasted through March, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. This was a rare occurrence because Singapore had 271 thunderstorms per year. And these weren’t anything like the silly little rain showers typical in the Netherlands; no, these were brute-force thunder-and-lightning shows with raindrops as big as ping-pong balls. The streets could be flooded in a matter of seconds. With an average humidity of eighty percent and a temperature of thirty de
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    He drummed his fingers on the steering wheel and checked his watch again. Taxis carrying passengers arrived and left again. He figured that they must have already come through customs by now. It usually went pretty quickly when you only had hand luggage with you. Just when he was about to grab his mobile from the centre console, someone rapped on his window. A man in uniform gestured with his forefinger. As his window slid down, the parking attendant said, ‘You can’t park here this long, sir.’
    ‘Five minutes.’ He smiled, held up five fingers, and then rolled the window up again. They shouldn’t moan so much, these uptight civil

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