A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities.
Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep - a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I. - is hell-bent on wreaking revenge.
On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.
©2003 John Burdett (P)2011 Random House Audio
“A tour de force.... Burdett is purely and simply a wonderful writer.” (The Washington Post)
"A stiletto-sharp mystery/thriller... brilliantly rendered." (The Seattle Times-Post Intelligencer)
“Like Thai cuisine, Burdett’s comic thriller blends spicy, sour, salty and sweet - and makes for a delicious wake-up for jaded palates.” (People)
This book is a great story but it's not so much a work of fiction. Having lived in BKK for many years. This story is all to true and repeats itself regularly. I left BKK in 2555 (2012) and this is still very much the way of the kingdom, the land of fake smiles and deep feeling Jai Dee locals doing what they must. I myself loved the book but had a hard times with some of my own memories that this book kicked up! The author gets it spot on and then some.
This book and author were recommended to me by a "reader", so I got it with high hopes.
It has an interesting setting, with exotic characters but alas, it's just another
(not that's there's anything wrong with that).
But there are SO many writers saturating the "Scooby doo" genre (including vampires, aliens and the like/unlike) that a story, THE STORY needs to be even more engaging and compelling.
This one isn't.
I recommend: "I Am Pilgrim", the Matthew Corbitt series and without a doubt,
Stephen King's Bill Hodges.
I do not know, I will not even finish this book
The story hops from scene to scene with little warning. It is supposed to be a murder mystery but spends too much time on social history
Paul Boehmer might be an excellent narrator for a mid-western story but not for this genre. He does not bring these characters to life.
I would not cut anyone. I would just like them to sound like more they were Thai, not Americans.
I had a lot of optimism for this book and tried to like it long after I knew it was a dud. The writing is juvenile. The references to Buddhism fortune cookie like. The story starts with a couple of detectives tailing a man driving through town, and though the car they are tailing is stuck in traffic and moving at normal speeds the detectives are forced to drive through alleys, do power slides and fly through the air to catch up, only to find that some assailants on motor scooters have filled the car with deadly snakes, scores of them and they have killed the occupant. The story does not improve from there, everything is improbable, is seedy, and poorly written.
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