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Once a high-flying international lawyer, a member of the innermost circles of government power, Jack Shepherd has abandoned the savage politics of Washington for the lethargic backwater of Bangkok, where he is now just an unremarkable professor at an unimportant university in an insignificant city.

Or is he?

A secretive Asian bank collapses under dubious circumstances. A former law partner Shepherd thought dead reveals himself as the force behind the disgraced bank and coerces Shepherd into helping him track the hundreds of millions of dollars that disappeared in the collapse. A twisting trail of deceit leads Shepherd from Bangkok to Hong Kong and eventually to an isolated villa on the fabled island of Phuket where he confronts the evil at the heart of a monstrous game of international treachery.

A lawyer among people who laugh at the law, a friend in a land where today’s allies are tomorrow’s fugitives, Jack Shepherd battles the global tide of corruption, extortion and murder that is fast engulfing the new life he has made for himself in Thailand.

©2000, 2011 Jake Raymond Needham (P)2014 Jake Raymond Needham

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The Teacher who Really was a Detective

I love Jack Sheppard's character, he reminds me of Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca's character . Filbrich novels are in general very entertaining and this audiobook in particular certainly dud not let me down...listening to this novel was like actually watching a 1920"s detective story unfold in 2016....wonderfully written, entertaining and awesomely professional narrator and writer...I give Freds, Jack Needham series ... 5 Stars and me and my doppelganger give it Two Thumbs up!
An Author DEANN DEVILLE favorite.

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Riveting read.

Needham takes you down to Street level "The Laundry Man" You can smell the garlic burning in the woks on the Soi's of Bangkok dark underbelly.

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Exciting story, tame narration

I loved this story, the backdrop of Thailand, the main character, and the feeling I knew as little as the main character about what was happening to him. Overall a very well crafted story. My only complaint is the narration. The narrator's voice is good, but his passion for the story lacked entirely.

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I now know what Jack sounds like

What did you love best about Laundry Man?

Finally after all these years of reading Jack Shepherd novels, its great to put a voice to the name. Welcome Mr Shepherd, you have a voice! I admit, it took me half the first chapter to let go of the voice in my head (the one i was so sure over many years WAS Jacks voice)... and accept the voice that the author himself believed to be Jack's. The character's Jake Needham creates in his books are as authenticate as you can get when it comes to this genre. The narrator did a great job, and by the end of Laundry Man , Jacks "new" voice was entrenched in my brain. Look forward to hearing more in the series. Singapore's own Samuel Tay is next on my list! Well done, and thank you for bringing Jack Shepherd off the pages and into my iPhone!

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  • yshoraka
  • 12-06-16

A good mediocre job

Narration was very good but story well, it was a good mediocre job. It had suspense and also a detective story with twists and turns, but still from my point of view it was not above the average.