A farang is dead and the Bangkok police have a confession the next morning from a young paint-thinner addict. He claims he killed Ben Hoadly, an expat Brit, but Calvino has his doubts when he sees heavy bruises on the kid's face. In no time, Calvino is working both sides, out to find the killer for Hoadly's wealthy father, and eager to clear the addict's name for a beautiful friend who runs a charity in the slums.
In Asia Hand, the second novel in the series, Bangkok is celebrating Chinese New Year when Calvino's revels are cut short. The body of an American, an acquaintance of Calvino's, has been fished out of the lake in Lumpini Park. Around his neck are a string of wooden amulets, the kind upcountry Thais wear to protect themselves from evil spirits. Only rather than saving Hutton, these have killed him.
Five foreigners have died in Bangkok. Were they drugging overdose victims? Or victims of a serial killer? Calvino believes the evidence points to a serial killer who stalks tourists in Bangkok. The Thai police, including Colonel Pratt, don't buy his theory. Calvino teams up with an LAPD officer on a bodyguard assignment. Hidden forces pull them through swank shopping malls, rundown hotels, Klong Toey slum, and bars in the red light district as they try to keep their man and themselves alive. As Calvino learns more about the bodies being shipped back to America, the secret of the serial killer is revealed.
"Maybe it gets better after awhile - I bailed"
Zero Hour in Phnom Penhis a brilliant detective story that portrays - with no illusion - Cambodia’s adventurous transition from genocide and civil war to a free-market economy and democratic normality. Zero Hour in Phnom Penh is a rare stroke of luck and a workof art, from which one can always draw more stories and levels of meaning....an all too human, timeless, historical and philosophical novel.
"Disappointing and predictable"
In Bangkok, everything is for sale - even life itself.... Vincent Calvino, disbarred lawyer turned Bangkok PI, is finally available in download. When his surveillance of a Thai drug ring finally produces definitive video evidence, it looks as though Vincent Calvino's fortunes are about to turn. But then a client dies of a heart attack, Calvino finds the body of a murdered massage girl downstairs, and the authorities become suspicious of a foreigner in the wrong place at the wrong time.