Manila is not for the faint of heart. Built on water and reclaimed land, it is a megalopolis with a population of over 10 million, and an ideal setting for noir stories. The rich rub shoulders with the poor, five-star hotels sit alongside slums. Violence is nothing out of the ordinary; hospitality is just another word for prostitution; and anything can be had - for a price.
||Akashic Books, June 4, 2013