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‘Sampaguita’ by Mark Manalang


Japanese expat Keniichi Daimon has conflicting emotions for Manila, his second home. Despite his attraction to its beauty and charm, the crime and corruption seeping deeply into the city has left him nearly apathetic of its future. When a young flower vendor is kidnapped before his eyes, he decides not to intervene. It was then that his indifference would lead to circumstances that would take away the person he holds dear.

Driven by remorse, Keniichi enters a world where the innocent fall prey to the wiles of the corrupt, privileged, and sinister few. Belittled by the police and spurned by the apathy of the people around him—the same apathy he once showed—he realizes the only way to atone and seek justice is to take matters into his own hands.

Sampaguita was first published as part of the #HeistClub 2015 anthology.

Related: “Uncovering Crime Fiction (Part 3 of 3): An Interview with #HeistClub Authors”

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