Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact-more or less-despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, ...
Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact-more or less-despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows about his city-and himself-will be a mere starting point. He's put in charge of the highest-profile criminal case in Thailand-an attempt to bring an end to trafficking in human organs. He sets in motion a massive sting operation and stays at its center, traveling to Phuket, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo. He draws in a host of unwitting players that includes an aging rock star wearing out his second liver and the mysterious, diabolical, albeit gorgeous co-queenpins of the international body-parts trade: the Chinese twins known as the Vultures. And yet, it's closer to home that Sonchai will discover things getting really dicey: rumors will reach him suggesting that his ex-prostitute wife, Chanya, is having an affair. Will Sonchai be enlightened enough-forget Buddha, think jealous husband-to cope with his very own compromised and compromising world? All will be revealed here, in John Burdett's most mordantly funny, propulsive, fiendishly entertaining novel yet. Praise for John Burdett and his Bangkok novels: 'Cracking East meets West thriller introducing a half-Thai, half-American cop whose Buddhist beliefs are as important as his forensic skills. Terrific' Observer. 'A fantastic new thriller with an avenging Buddhist cop as its central character' Mail on Sunday. 'Read this book, savour the language - it's the last and most compelling word in thrillers' James Ellroy. 'Impeccably researched, this is sometimes poetic, often exotic, and totally hardcore' Daily Mirror. "Burdett's fever-dream mysteries, set in Bangkok, recast the police procedural as psychedelic peep show." The New Yorker. "Burdett is purely and simply a wonderful writer." The Washington Post Book World.
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Burdett's best book of the series...if you know Thailand, you will love this book.
May 10, 2012
Sochai succeeds again!
Very few writers in the detective genre creates the imaginative plots and characters that Burdett is able to put on paper time after time. And the Bangkok setting is among the most exotic there is. To say nothing of Sonchai, the Buddhist detective/policeman who enthralls every time out.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-10-10 Burdett's fifth Bangkok novel (after 2010's The Godfather of Kathmandu) opens with a memorable tableau-three corpses, laid neatly on a bed in a Phuket mansion and missing all commercially viable body parts, including their faces. It's clearly a case for the quirky, pot-smoking police detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, whose investigations are often stymied by the double whammy of his country's corruption and his own personal problems. When Jitpleecheep is on task, he's doggedly pursuing traffickers in human organs, led by a beautiful but ruthless set of twins, Lilly and Polly Yip. The criminal ring uses as its source material executed Chinese prisoners, while its customers are wealthy Westerners whose internal organs have worn out. All too often, though, the story veers off into side issues concerning drug use, Jitpleecheep's marital difficulties, and gender change. Burdett's writing remains fresh, humorous, and full of insights into Thailand, but readers who prefer focus and suspense should look elsewhere. Author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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