About The Case of the Vanishing Conman by Mithran Somasundrum:
Bangkok, Chinatown: Vijay, a perennially broke translator-private eye, is juggling two different cases. For Khun Pleum, a ruthless ex-gangster, he’s investigating the strange shooting of a novelist. Meanwhile, for Khun Pleum’s wife he’s trying to discover the name of Khun Pleum’s mistress. Vijay knows he shouldn’t have taken both jobs, but he’s got a debt collector with a claw hammer threatening to make his ankles turn all the way round.
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Mithran was born in Colombo and grew up in London. He studied chemistry at Sheffield City Polytechnic and then did a PhD in electrochemistry at Cranfield University. After completing his studies he went to Thailand to work in an electrochemistry lab and, other than a 3-year spell in Japan, has been there ever since.His short stories have appeared in The Sun, Inkwell, Natural Bridge, The Minnesota Review, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and The Best Asian Short Stories 2017, among others. One of his stories was shortlisted for the Bridport 2017 Short Story Prize. His first novel, The Mask Under My Face, was published in 2021 in Singapore by Kitaab.