“The traffic was heavy and chaotic on Galle Road and the car only moved slowly forward. The street was lined with a mixture of office blocks, Buddhist temples and churches but he didn’t pay much attention to them. He only focussed on the military checkpoint which was coming up in front of him. There were almost daily attacks in the city and he could see, even from a distance, that the soldiers were nervous and on their guard. Every vehicle was treated as a potential threat and he was tense as he approached.”
The Wounded Tiger is set in Sri Lanka in the waning days of the war against the Tamil Tigers. A development worker who has recently arrived in the country gets more or less willingly drawn into the final stages of a bloody civil war. Loosing and increasingly desperate the Tamil Tigers seek to exploit his access to restricted areas of the island where fighting is still taking place. Welcoming a bit of adventure to fight the boredom of life in suburbia he doesn’t resist much when coerced into helping the Tigers. However, it doesn’t take him long to realize that it is a conflict where human life has little value and neither side will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
The Wounded Tiger is a story about the human cost of conflict and how coming of age is not only for the young.