of Jim Thompson at work in his study was taken
in early 1967, just a few months before his disappearance.
||"In the twenty years
before his ill-fated holiday in Malaysia, he had
accomplished more than most men in a full life.
He had built a major industry in a remote and little
known country whose language he could not speak;
he had become an authority on an art that, previously,
he scarcely knew existed and had assembled a collection
that attracted scholars from all over the world;
he had built a home that was a work of art in itself
and one of the landmarks of Bangkok; and, in the
process of doing all this, he had become a sort
of landmark himself, a personality so widely known
in his adopted homeland that a letter addressed
simply 'Jim Thompson, Bangkok' found its way to
him in a city of three and a half million people."