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Paradise is a dangerous place. And Bali's brand of paradise, even before the October nightclub bombings that killed 191 people, has long been a thin, seductive facade. When you're given everything you think you want—blue skies, a hut on the beach, a bag of happy pills, a hardbody to have your way with—there's little to keep your more destructive yearnings and frailties from consuming your life. Jamie James' first novel, Andrew and Joey: A Tale of Bali, paints a vivid portrait of the island in its prelapsarian state—and shows how sour things can turn as his largely unsympathetic characters fall from...

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