Indonesia's ""year of living dangerously"" was 1965--when Jakarta was in an uproar as Sukarno, incensed over Malaysian independence, threatened to withdraw from the UN and align himself with Peking. Australian journalist Koch, who was there, gives us the toppling regime and the sordid, bankrupt capital city from the point of view of Jakarta's foreign journalists, who were walking on thin ice. At the center of his documentary fiction is the Mutt-and-Jeff team of Billy Kwan, a half-Chinese, half-Aussie dwarf cameraman, and Guy Hamilton, a tail and ambitious radio journalist. When lovable British consular secretary Jill happens along, eccentric Billy (who has some very personal, mystical ideas about Sukarno) and Singapore-English Guy have a few uneasy emotional moments--and there's also a little spy-'n'-sex with a Russian girl. But the respectable fictional trappings here are always subordinate to the political history--which comes to a boil when a coup calls Sukarno's bluff and precipitates his downfall--and only readers with some prior interest in the particular place and time will appreciate Koch's elaborate reconstruction.