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Bangkok 8 | [John Burdett]

Bangkok 8

When a U.S. Marine is killed in Bangkok, the task of finding the murderer falls to Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, seemingly the only member of the Royal Thai Police Force whose idea of justice excludes the habitual bribe-taking practised by his fellow officers.
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When a U.S. Marine is killed in Bangkok, the task of finding the murderer falls to Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, seemingly the only member of the Royal Thai Police Force whose idea of justice excludes the habitual bribe-taking practised by his fellow officers. This assignment is especially important to the devout detective because during the investigation of the murder scene, the snakes that bit the marine also kill Sonchai's police partner, best friend and Buddhist soul-mate Pichai. Sonchai's pursuit of revenge will team him with a frustrated FBI agent and leave them at the mercy of drug-fuelled motorcycle-taxi drivers as they hurtle through neon-lit Bangkok.

©2006 John Burdett; (P)2006 W. F. Howes Ltd.

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    "Off the wall Buddhist thriller"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    GREGORY Surfers Paradise, Australia 09-20-10
    GREGORY Surfers Paradise, Australia 09-20-10
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    "Just FANTASTIC"

    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

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    "Very Evocative"

    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.

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    "Fantastic!!"

    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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