©2006 John Burdett; (P)2006 W. F. Howes Ltd.
"Read this book and savour the language, it's the last and most compelling word in thrillers." (James Ellroy)
"An original and gripping novel." (Publishing News)
This book introduces Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep and the extraordinary milieu in which he operates. I had previously read Bangkok Haunts which is one of the sequels, so I knew what to expect. The book is at once sleazy, refreshing, intrigueing and edgy, and is a major departure from the conventional cop thriller. It is definitely a good listen, and the narration by Glen McCready is first class. It would have garnered 4 stars, but lost a star when the author lapsed into explanation mode for much of its second half.
Having visited Bangkok a few times I enjoyed the journey which this book took me on. I have re-listened to and I am sure I will play it again, I keep finding more depth to the story each time. If you have any interest in the going ons of a Thai cop in Sukhumvit road Bangkok then I am sure you will enjoy this, I found myself stopping along the side of the road to listen to more of the story before I need to leave my car to visit a client. Well done
As much philosophy and anthropology as thriller, but better because of it. An engrossing listen which has made my forthcoming holiday to Thailand even more eagerly anticipated. I cannot say it is accurate (Although I have read reviews which suggest it is) but it certainly plays well, it leaves a satisfying feeling of having learned about a culture as well as having heard a decent thriller. But don't get the impression that it is boring it certainly is not.
You MUST get this audio book (or indeed the book) it is the best I have read/listend to in Ages, fresh and original.
In fact I recommend all books of this series, and cannot wait for the next one.
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