The Devil's Road to Katmandu by Tom Vater
When Dan, Tim and Fred, three naive hippies, set off from London to Katmandu with few funds and a dodgy bus, a drug deal in Pakistan seems like the most common sense way to make the journey pay. But the mountains of the Hindu Kush, a mysterious Frenchman, a set of Iranian Siamese Twins cum nightclub singers, spear wielding holymen and, yes, more drugs, soon throw deadly spanners in the works; the money is lost and the big score turns to disaster.
25 years later, and the former hippies are lured back to Katmandu to collect their share of the money. The Hippy Trail has long gone cold and only the help of Dan's offspring, a tattooed lady and a Tibetan sage can unravel the mystery of their misspent youths.
'...harrowing, darkly humourous ... journalist Vater bringsto the realm of fiction his trademark vision of a world where deserving has little to do with what you get. A gripping and clever tale of sex, crime, love, narcotics and greed, though not necessarily in that order.' Cameron Cooper, Untamed Travel
Dragon's Mouth Press
Hong Kong 2006
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