A Bewitching Smile Second in the Land of Smiles Trilogy A Bewitching Smile is reminiscent of A Passage to India in the creation of a kind of psychological DMZ, another Shangri-la with its own ephipanies and perils. The tough-sensitive characterization, and the sharp, often aphoristic dialogue, and the irony, combine to create a powerful drama. In this sequel to A Killing Smile, Richard Breach who is a magician, mystic and world-class card player teaches English in Bangkok. Crosby, his former student, has found an assignment for Breach’s talents: a rescue mission. Snow is held hostage in a hill tribe village. Snow’s plan to become Lahu godman has failed and his life is at risk. Breach has private reasons of his own — a dying friend in England has requested a set of ritual shaman’s. As the journey progresses to the north of Thailand, another mission takes form: Breach is to play in a high stakes card game. The story is about magic, myth and the power to transform the self. A Bewitching Smile, the second A Land of Smiles trilogy — confirms the novels of Christopher G. Moore are destined to become a Southeast Asia social chronicle of the 90s.