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Das weiße Krokodil

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  436 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Als ihr Exmann Luke bei einem Einsatz in einem kambodschanischen Minenfeld stirbt, glaubt die Engländerin Tess Hardy nicht an einen Unfall und macht sich selbst auf nach Battambang. Doch dort stößt sie auf eine Mauer des Schweigens, denn die Menschen haben Angst: Angst vor dem Weißen Krokodil, einem mythischen Todesboten, der in der Dämmerung durch die Reisfelder streift. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 20th 2015 by Goldmann Verlag (first published August 5th 2014)
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May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy, crime, dark, asia
Really good, solid and intriguing thriller, I could not put it down! The story features mine-clearer Tess going to Cambodja to investigate the truth about her ex-husband's death there and to do her job clearing mines. She discovers that young local girls are going missing. Some are found later, mutilated and murdered, their babies abandoned. The locals are superstitious about the 'White Crocodile', a mythical creature that brings death to all who meet it....I read in the review of Independent (l ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
White Crocodile is the debut crime novel from K. T. Medina. K. T. Medina now writes as Kate Medina. The majority of the book is set in Cambodia, which appealed to me hugely. My knowledge of Cambodia and its dark history are mostly based on what I’ve heard in the media. I am aware of the Cambodian Killing Fields.

This story starts with Tess Hardy, a tough woman working a dangerous job. Tess is a professional land mine clearer, with a background in the armed forces. She moves to Cambodia to work wi
Liz Barnsley
An absolutely thrilling yet quietly emotional read can be found within the pages of “White Crocodile” a novel that, for me, gave new life to the thriller and mystery genre and at the same time gave me plenty to think about – although the thinking came later, while you are immersed into the pages you won’t look up for anything…

One of the best books I’ve read recently for putting you right on the spot, the sense of place is expressive, the living conditions, the people, the danger they face everyd
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tess Hardy is an ex army combat engineer – not the sort of woman you would imagine would be a victim of domestic violence. However, she was, and now her ex husband, Luke, is working for the Mine Clearance Trust (MCT) in Cambodia. When he contacts her, she is surprised to hear he sounds frightened and, when he is suddenly killed while clearing mines, she is both confused and shocked. Luke was the most controlled and careful man she ever knew – not the type to make a careless mistake. With conflic ...more
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K.T. Medina has written a gutwrenching crime thriller for her debut. Her atomospheric pictures of Cambodia evoke a haunted country that is trying to recover from the horrors of its past. There is a second minor strand to the book which links what is happening in Cambodia with the discovery of a murdered woman found in Manchester. The Manchester investigation is headed by the conscientious DI Andy Wessex, who follows the trail to a brothel.

Tess Hardy is working to rid the land mines that are ever
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel set in Battambang, Cambodia (mine all mine…)

White Crocodile is a tense, page-turning, and extremely well written debut thriller from K T Medina. It is set primarily in Battambang (North Western Cambodia, near the Thai border…), with flashes to Manchester. Battambang, now ‘in real life’ an attractive and significantly tourist town with French colonial architecture, was one of the centres of fighting during the time of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. The area around the town features well marke
This is the first novel by Medina and it's a really great thriller, and she is a fine writer.

The main character Tess goes to Cambodia to find out what happened to her estranged husband who was killed while clearing mines that the Khmer Rouge had left behind. Indeed she herself is a mine clearer, so she goes there on the pretext of doing work there, as nobody knows that she is trying to find out what happened to her husband.

This is one of the most urgent page turners I have ever read, with consta
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, when you read a surfeit of the same genre, books can be quickly put aside, as all to often they begin to repeat the same old tired motifs, and conceits, of crime writing. Sometimes, however, something fresh, new, original and exciting awaits you, and I’m delighted to say that White Crocodile is one such book. Using the backdrop of Battambang in Cambodia, Medina has not only succeeded in constructing a story that adheres to all the tenets of a gripping crime thriller, but also skilfull ...more
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading the other reviews of this book I wonder if I read something else. The story was good, it would have been great in more capable hands. The dialogue and interaction between Tess and Alex, were horrible, stilted, and boring. No one behaves like this. It took forever for the story to get to the point, and it was very difficult to like anyone in the book. A great story wasted by bad writing.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 rating

This novel could have been so good. It just needed a better editor. The story is a mystery set in the background of mine-clearing in Cambodia. The problem is that it also involves sex trafficking, spousal abuse, child abuse, murder, a mythical creature, police corruption, NGO corruption, government corruption and more. Too many leave little room for any of the issues to be explored properly or for the story to flow. I wish the author had focused on fewer issues and given us more charac
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This was a very good read - the kind where it's hard to put down. Tess Hardy is a mine clearer and she receives a disturbing call from her ex-husband who is clearing mines in Cambodia. Shortly after his call, Tess learns he was killed by a mine explosion and she decides to go to Cambodia to work out the mysteries surrounding his death. From there, the reader is taken on a journey of the world of mine clearance as well as the exotic world of Cambodia. An excellent first novel and sadly this is no ...more
Regina Foo
Sep 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller, crime
Is it just me? I feel bored when reading this book.
W. Scott
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago, I fell out of a tree; about six or seven meters. In the nano-second I had in which to react, I had the presence of mind to twist my body so that I landed on my side, not on my head [which would have probably killed me] or on to my back [because a broken spine would mean a wheelchair for life]. I smashed my right shoulder so badly that even today I have limited use of my right arm. The surgeons couldn’t put the damaged bones and tissue back together but thanks to our fantastic NH ...more
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
"White Crocodile," by K.T. Medina seemed like a missed opportunity to this reader. Set in the exotic location of modern day Cambodia, this novel tackles the some heavy issues including extreme poverty, inadequate medical facilities, and the continued victimization of civilians due to past war. All of these problems set the scene for a unique, who done it, type story. So, why was this reader ultimately disappointed? I'll tell you why.
In the, "White Crocodile," the main character, Tess, finds he
Josh Atkins
Very different from what I expected. Good thriller novel and crazy twist of an ending but I didn’t enjoy the writing style. The story stopped in weird spots and then switched to different characters too often. Interesting read though.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book with twist I didn’t work out. Action meets thriller which is different to my normal crime type books. Slow start but picks pace a lot and it’s worth the slow start
Elaina Fischer
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very compelling. Felt as though I could see the events unfolding. Through her own experiences, K. T. Medina demonstrates how history & human circumstance can create & unleash monsters upon the vulnerable. Couldn’t put it down! ...more
This is a really strong debut from K T Medina.

The damaged but dogged Tess Hardy is the young ex-army woman (she served five years with the Royal Engineers, including mine-clearing tours in Afghanistan) who travels to Cambodia, despite knowing little about the place, to take a mine-clearing job with a humanitarian charity. This comes about after Tess receives a phone call from a voice from her past. Her abusive, controlling ex-partner Luke called her from Battambang in Cambodia where he was worki
Barbara Copperthwaite
Escape autumn's chill by immersing yourself in the searing heat of Cambodia, in this fascinating and fast-paced tale of teenage mothers being murdered and mutilated.

British explosive expert Tess goes to Cambodia to help clear minefields – but also to discover what happened to her violent ex, Luke, who called her one night saying he was scared, then disappeared…

An intense web of secrets and lies are expertly woven, as Tess gets closer to solving not just what happened to her ex, but also whether
Huw Rhys
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This has the feel of a book that the author gave up on 9/10ths of the way through.

The majority of the book is very readable - set in modern day Cambodia, it draws our attention to the havoc and mayhem still caused by the land mines laid during the 1970's during the Cambodian Civil War, and the subsequent genocidal reign of the Khmer Rouge.

But this is no ordinary historical novel - it manages to combine a murder mystery element presented in a very original way, full of politically aware, fully f
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2014, n, kindle
A great debut novel by K T Medina. Tess Hardy receives a worrying phone call from her ex husband followed by the news that he has been killed clearing mines in Cambodia. She decides to go out to the town in Cambodia to investigate although she has never been there before.
She discovers that young mums are going missing and others are being found in terrible states of mutilation and links are found to her ex. There is a dark superstition around her and suggestions that this is linked to England. S
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was super thrilled to see a blurb from Mo Hayder (one of my favorite crime-thriller writers) on the cover. Once I finished the novel, I saw that Hayder was also Medina's mentor, which makes perfect sense considering they are similar enough in their dark and captivating storytelling abilities. I would also compare this favorably to Larsson's Millennium trilogy, with the strong yet previously broken female lead. This is my favorite kind of crime fiction, with full immersion in the setting and un ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit of interest generated by the setting and socio-political context but ultimately a rather plodding and formulaic crime novel - reminded me that I don't really like the crime genre (apart from Sherlock Holmes stories). The plot was straightforward and quite transparent (I worked out in about 1 minute what it took the seasoned police detective the rest of the book to realise) and the characters were very 1-dimensional and forgettable and I didn't really care who stood on a landmine in the end ...more
Reff Girl
Wow--fresh, fresh plotting and story with great twists. Love how the author puts you in Cambodia with all the sights, sounds, and smells. She is not shy about pointing out the West's thinking that they have the answers to a local problem. Perfect when you want a thriller with meat on its bones.
Horror DNA
Reviewing books you love is easy. Reviewing books you hate is easy. Reviewing books that you thought were great but had a few shortcomings that were important enough to let readers know about them is really difficult. K.T. Medina’s >White Crocodile falls into this last category. A suspenseful narrative with outstanding doses of violence and some delightfully creepy moments, this is a novel that fans of great literature should definitely read. However, it’s about 100 pages too long and suffers fr ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after reading Fire Damage which I really enjoyed. White Crocodile is a debut novel and after reading Fire Damage perhaps I expected a bit too much. This is a good story revolving around a mine-clearing organisation in Cambodia. The plot involves Tess, an ex-military explosives expert going in search of her ex-husband. Tie in subplots and we have the makings of a really good read. Unfortunately, the characters are a little wooden at times and the injuries sustained and recovery times ...more
Jennifer Nanek
This was not that interesting a story. This is a story about mine clearing in Cambodia and a demon superstition that is plaguing the local villagers. The story was just dull. It got better as the story went on but it was hard for it to keep my attention.

The story is based on a woman who goes to Cambodia to help clear land mines and to try to figure out what happened to her abusive ex husband who is reportedly killed. She walks into a situation where there are many innocent deaths mostly of youn
Deena B
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
but.... I grew irritated when,
After having his leg blown off by an anti-personnel land mine Johnny seems pretty okey-dokey .....

Being in hospital for less than a week, Johnny demands to go home, left hospital (on Crutches, not even a wheelchair!!!), climbs up and down stairs, "screwing (Keav)"- the woman he lives with.
Unless there's some Miracle Cambodian Recovery Treatment I'm unaware of, this is a HUGE discrepancy. Plus the character development was poor, I felt I didn't know, unders
E.R. Yatscoff
Enjoyed this one as I have travelled through Cambodia . Medina writes good images of the country, markets, and its superstitious people. There are heartbreaking stories of Cambodian mine victims, one I've seen seen in Phnom Penh. Except for IDing macaques as babboons this was a different mystery story in a different setting. IBought this book from a clearance pile. My book is called Teeth of the Cocodrilo and set in Mexico.
Jessica Woofter
I liked this one while I was reading it and was interested in finding out what happened, but the end seemed rushed -- there were lots of loose ends and unanswered questions for me. It was also very disturbing to read about how the aid workers interacted with the local population. Overall very well-written and I would read something of hers again.
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