THE INVISIBLE PALACE
Jose Manuel Tesoro 2004
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.