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Bangkok 8 | [John Burdett]

Bangkok 8

Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Jitpleecheep, is hell-bent on vengeance. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I do not know, I will not even finish this book


    What could John Burdett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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


    What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

    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.


    What character would you cut from Bangkok 8?

    I would not cut anyone. I would just like them to sound like more they were Thai, not Americans.


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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 05-29-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very dissapointing"

    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.
    Not recommended

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