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A Conversation with a Singapore Taxi Driver

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Taxi driver: You Chinese, Malay or Indian ?
Khaled: I am from Mongolia.
Taxi driver: Huh? What is Mongolia?
Khaled: You dono Mongolia ?
Taxi driver: No, dono.
Khaled A country inside China.
Taxi driver: But you said you not Chinese?
Khaled: Ya I am not. I am Mongolian. We are different. You know Kublai Khan? Genghis Khan?
Taxi driver: Dono. You come Singapore for what? Holiday? Business ?
Khaled: I come to buy horses.
Taxi driver: Oh, you like horse racing?
Khaled: No, we drink their blood.

[Silence]




  • Keith Thomson

    Author of the New York Times Bestselling novel Once A Spy
    Khaled Talib’s novel Smokescreen is a cocktail of Deighton, Ludlum, Hitchcock, and two parts adrenaline.
  • Ruth Harris

    Million-copy NYT bestselling co-author of Hooked and Brainwashed
    Devious! Diabolical! Lurid! Intelligent and deftly plotted. Pick it up if you dare. Put it down if you can.
  • Jon McGoran

    Author of Drift
    In this action-packed thriller, Khaled Talib explores the little known relationship between Singapore and Israel, spinning a web of international intrigue that expands across the globe as inexorably as it tightens around his protagonist’s throat.
  • Jake Needham

    Author of The Umbrella Man and The Ambassador’s Wife
    I have published two novels set in the police and security services in Singapore, and I am here to tell you that SMOKESCREEN is nearer to the truth of that closely controlled little country than you might believe. It is a gripping and creepy tale of how governments can rig the way we all see the world.
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