On 12 October 2002, a suicide bomb attack devastated the heart of the beach resort of Kuta, Bali, claiming 202 victims and injuring hundreds of more. Though the attack was over in seconds, the effects reverberated for months as the local economy collapsed, and the Balinese struggled to understand why such an appalling tragedy had befallen their peaceful island.

In Bali Blues, Jeremy Allan chronicles the heart-rending, harrowing and ultimately inspiring events he witnessed during the year following the Bali bomb, providing an intimate glimpse of an Indonesian community that, in a generation, has grown from an impoverished seaside village into a cosmopolitan tourist resort.

Bali Blues examines a community in crisis as residents struggle to survive in the sudden absence of the tourists who provided their livelihood. Living in Kuta, Jeremy Allan became embroiled in the social conflicts of this multicultural community as the physical and economic trauma brought long-simmering tensions to the surface.

Bali Blues also examines the background of the attack itself, the growth of a fanatical form of Islam that gave birth to the terrorists, and the open, tolerant Balinese society that allowed the perpetrators to operate undetected in their midst: culminating in a riveting, minute-by-minute reconstruction of the planning, execution and aftermath of the Bali bomb.