THE IN­VIS­I­BLE PALACE

Jose Manuel Te­soro 2004

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Jose Manuel Te­soro (1971 – 2008) was the Jakarta cor­re­spon­dent for now-de­funct Asi­aweek mag­a­zine from 1997 to 2000. He then spent about three years writ­ing The

In­vis­i­ble Palace, which re­veals the in­iq­ui­ties of In­done­sian law en­force­ment un­der the Suharto regime. The book tells the true story of events sur­round­ing the mur­der of Udin, a jour­nal­ist from Ban­tul re­gency in Yo­gyakarta, who ex­posed lo­cal gov­ern­ment cor­rup­tion that led all the way to Suharto. Po­lice re­fused to un­mask the ob­vi­ous master­mind of the killing; in­stead, they de­stroyed ev­i­dence and framed an in­no­cent man. Un­like some writ­ers who can­not re­sist putting their flawed or snide per­sonal opin­ions into al­most every para­graph, Te­soro writes with com­plete ob­jec­tiv­ity, let­ting his metic­u­lously re­searched facts speak for them­selves.

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