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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Mark
  • Bettendorf, IA, United States
  • 01-19-17

Audible needs to allow half stars, for books like this

Ok, overall, a good book. I bought the next in series. Great performance. My biggest complaint is the preachiness & "moralizing", although not in the way you will assume without reading the whole book. Not a western preachiness/moral majority/family values type of dogma. More of the opposite. But the problem is there is still hypocrisy in the author's moralizing. and it sometimes got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. I prefer Timothy Halinan's more honest perspectives on the good and negative of both cultures. Still, I am definitely going to stick with the series if the following books are as interesting!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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as Twisted as a hangman's knot

Perfect combination of mystery and Asian philosophy. My first read by this author, and I might not choose to do another for awhile for fear of it being repetitious, but this was a delightful surprise.

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  • girorv
  • montreal, QC, Canada
  • 06-28-17

Buddha as a modern man

Would you listen to Bangkok 8 again? Why?

yes, there were a lot of details I probably missed the first time around because I was focused on the plot line.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Our hero, because he was conflicted. We got to see his thought process as a buddhist apprentice .

What about Paul Boehmer’s performance did you like?

Good. He added color to the story that was good At some times , though, it was hard to distinguish between characters, like between our hero and his boss.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

it became clear , how intricate the web of corruption can get. Even "honest " people get caught up in it

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  • M
  • 08-09-16

Tales from Thamkrabok?

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.

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GREAT NARRATOR, INTERESTING BACKGROUND, GRIPPING

Boehmer is the perfect narrator for this series! (I wish he continued with all books in the series.) Very interesting background information, descriptions and plot.

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  • lynn
  • louisville, Cayman Islands
  • 10-10-15

After a while, I didn't care who-done-it.

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
detective-gets-bad-people-with-the-help-of a-hot-smart-chick,
(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.

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Disappointing

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.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 12 people found this review helpful