In the new Vincent Calvino novel, Calvino's assignment takes him deep into the lives of corrupt politicians and private contractors, and into Bangkok's seamy underbelly. When justice is being sought, there is a fine line between the nobility and corruption. In "Paying Back Jack", a client's desire for payback could cost Vinnie his life...When ...
In the new Vincent Calvino novel, Calvino's assignment takes him deep into the lives of corrupt politicians and private contractors, and into Bangkok's seamy underbelly. When justice is being sought, there is a fine line between the nobility and corruption. In "Paying Back Jack", a client's desire for payback could cost Vinnie his life...When Vincent Calvino is hired by a retired Thai general to deal with a corrupt and deadbeat tenant, he finds himself swimming in deeper waters than he'd bargained as he and the General narrowly avoid an assassination attempt...When the General suggests that he gets out of Bangkok for a few days, Calvino heads for the beach. Unfortunately, trouble follows him, in the form of a beautiful young Thai woman who falls to her death from the hotel room above his...Back in Bangkok, a pair of elite snipers is staking out a high profile target, a Thai politician running for election. But they're not really on a mercenary mission: they're 'paying back Jack,' doing a favor for a man in need. Calvino, it turns out, is also tailing the same man, on behalf of a dangerous American agent. As Calvino's investigation draws him into a murky world of private contractors, UN officials, and local politics, and he gets closer to his target, his run of bad luck gets more and more perilous...
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-08-10 Bangkok, the city where Vincent Calvino ekes out a living, teems with all sorts of characters, as shown in Moore's sprawling 10th thriller to feature the disbarred American lawyer turned PI (after The Risk of Infidelity Index). Calvino foils an assassination attempt on an important new client, General Yosaporn; makes a deadly enemy of Thai businessman Apichart; watches a woman fall to her death past his hotel window; tails the "mia noi" (minor wife) of political candidate Somporn; and repeatedly crosses paths with two professional killers. He also helps a female Spanish U.N. worker, for whom he falls, rescue a young girl about to be sold for sex. In the process of tying a bunch of elaborate plot knots with these diverse strands, Moore reveals the seething stew of wealth, corruption, cultural clashes, poverty and lust that is modern Bangkok. While some readers might wish for a glossary of the many Thai terms, all will appreciate the raw passion that drives the action. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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