"The Missing Monarch" by Dr Alan Goodwin is a beautiful novel set in Laos. When the communist revolution de-throned King Savang Vatthana and his wife, they were put in a correction prison and perished.
Goodwin combines fact with fiction and plotted an escape for the King.
This novel of alternate history / fraction benefits from Goodwin's first hand knowledge of the time and place. With greatly chosen characters he illustrates country and people as the Monarchs escape. Adventure meets history and the ethnic and cultural insights add to the richness of the story.
A real find.
Warning: contains sexually explicit scenes.