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Bangkok Tattoo Audiobook

Bangkok Tattoo

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the best seller Bangkok 8, a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

We return to District 8, the underbelly of Bangkok's underworld, where a dramatically mutilated dead body is found. It's bad: he was CIA. It gets worse: the murderer appears to be Chanya, a tough, sweet working girl who's the highest earner at The Old Man's Club, jointly owned by Sonchai's mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn.

Alerted by Sonchai, Vikorn quickly concocts a cover-up that involves Al Qaeda and Thailand's porous southern border where, since 9/11, the CIA has been an obviously covert presence. But the truth will be harder to come by, and it will require Sonchai to find an ever-more-delicate balance between his ambition and his Buddhism, while running the gamut of Bangkok's drug dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, worse military, and the pitfalls of his own melting heart (Chanya!), most of which he can handle. But even Sonchai is not prepared for what he discovers at the end of his investigation.

Piercingly smart and funny, densely atmospheric, and, as we already know to expect from John Burdett, packing a surprise at every turn, Bangkok Tattoo is sensational.

©2005 John Burdett; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliantly cynical....Burdett does an impressive job of depicting an often romanticized society from the inside out. His characters are unforgettable, his dialogue fast-paced and perfectly pitched, his numerous asides and observations generally as cutting as they are funny." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer 04-27-17
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    "Good but a bit on the graphic side"
    What did you like best about Bangkok Tattoo? What did you like least?

    I liked the cultural insight and diverse perspective this novel (and this series) provides. I enjoyed learning more about Thai culture from a non western perspective. This novel calls for introspection about the beliefs that westerners have about many aspects of Asian and specifically Thai culture and thus promotes an interesting thought journey so to speak.

    What didn't I like about this book? This book spends so so so much time justifying the sex industry in Thailand. While I am not opposed to listening to such arguments I just felt like this endless and shameless proselytizing detracted from the plot and character development.
    Additionally, I felt like the novel lacked female perspective. With a male author and first person male perspective how can one truly hope to capture the female perspective about the ever prevalent prostitution that goes on in Bangkok.


    If you’ve listened to books by John Burdett before, how does this one compare?

    I enjoyed John Burdett's first novel in this series, "Bangkok 8". this book was not quite as good.


    Was Bangkok Tattoo worth the listening time?

    This book was definitely worth listening to.


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    Mark Palm Bay, FL, United States 12-11-16
    Mark Palm Bay, FL, United States 12-11-16 Member Since 2017
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    "mystery until the end"

    Maybe it is because I have been to Bangkok many times, but I found this mystery very interesting. As well as a great story it taught me many cultural differences between my western way of life and the mysteries of Thailand. The novel was complete suspense right until the end.

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    Jerry Day 02-19-16
    Jerry Day 02-19-16
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    "Pretty good pulp"

    I read Bangkok 8 previously and enjoyed it a bit more. This one drags and gets messy at the end. I also feel like the author forgot the thrust of his main character, that of a strict Buddhist negotiating a contrary life/career. Other than at one point saying he doesn't take bribes there's none of the internal conflict that I found compelling in the first book. That seemed to balance out the sermonizing of the Western way, which in this book is completely unfettered.

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    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 09-20-11
    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Just OK"

    Slow and jumpy. It is fun to look a world like this but just didn't care about the characters.

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    I buy everything online Florida 09-17-11
    I buy everything online Florida 09-17-11 Member Since 2017
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    "I was disappointed"

    I really liked Bangkok 8 but didn't find this nearly as interesting. I'm still looking for the old man's club, though.

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    Joyce Washougal, WA, United States 04-04-10
    Joyce Washougal, WA, United States 04-04-10
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    "Bangkok Tattoo"

    I find the John Burdett books a great listen. Paul Boehmer is an excellent narrator.

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    Anonymous 05-21-08
    05-21-08
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    "bangkok tattoo"

    this was the second book that i have heard for this author. this was disappointing. It kept my attention, but was slow. The ending was unexpected.

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    Steve 09-15-07
    Steve 09-15-07
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    "International Intrigue"

    Travel to the slums and see the hookers of Bangkok to the dinner table of CIA operatives in Washington.

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    boisebob 12-06-06
    boisebob 12-06-06 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Better Ones"

    I listened to this on the strength of someone recommending Bankok 8 which I listened to later. I found this to be superior and thoroghly enjoyed both. If you ever thought of going to Thailand this is a must. Themes helped put our western morality judgments in perspective. The narration is great.

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    Ronald Encino, CA, USA 07-04-06
    Ronald Encino, CA, USA 07-04-06
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    "eventually boring"

    Starts off mildly interesting. I have an hour and a half left, and the last several hours I have found to be numblingly boring. If I were actually reading it, instead of listening to it in the background as I do something else, I would have given up a while ago. I don't mind that it has become more sexual, but the plot has come to a stop, and I'm just not finding it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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