TBR: Operation Playboy

(my 7yo wanted to include his Ford Mustang so I let him.)

This book was on sale and I caved. Not because I don’t have enough on my purchased+tbr pile, but because I have read three of her books and all three were in hard copies, so instead of getting an ebook, why not get the real book to complete the collection!

(I was choosing between Ken Mogi’s Ikigai and this).


A friend of mine recently traveled to a city which has one of the best bookstores in the region. Unfortunately, though, the region is called Asia. So the book selection, well, let’s not elaborate on that. Before he took off, I’d asked him to get me In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum (preferably hardcover, I rarely spend on hardcovers). Few days later, he sent a text, saying they didn’t carry the book. I’d have to order (from them) online.

“Yeah. Sure. Might as well get it online then,” I replied. He caught my drift.

“I’ll check at the airport, too, but don’t get your hopes up,” he said.

Two days later. A text came.

“The Malaysian government has banned your book.”

“What??? F**k them, I’ll get it from Book Depository! They can go f**k themselves!” I replied.

“It was a joke. The airport doesn’t have it, neither.”

We exchanged couple more texts and decided to accumulate some books, and he’ll be the one placing the orders online.

I was looking forward to In Extremis being my first real book in years, but it failed to suffice. Guess having Operation Playboy ain’t that bad. Afterall, she’s an accomplished investigative journalist – my Achilles heel.

Also added her to my project page, “Journalists + Books”.

Here’s another photo I took before the Ford Mustang drove by.

p.s. I’ve read three of her books: Schapelle Corby – My Story, Snowing in Bali, and Hotel K. Quick, but insightful true crime reads. I’ll leave you with the following page (from Operation Playboy), and –

Happy reading everyone. Merry Christmas.

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