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The complete story of Charles Sobhraj, the serial killer who inspired the hit Netflix series The Serpent.

Charles Sobhraj remains one of the world's great con men, and as a serial killer, the story of his life and capture endures as legend. Born in Vietnam to a Vietnamese mother and Indian father, Sobhraj grew up deprived of a sense of identity, moving to France before being imprisoned and stripped of his multiple nationalities. Driven to floating from country to country, continent to continent, he became the consummate con artist, stealing passports, smuggling drugs and guns across Asia, busting out of prisons, and robbing wealthy associates. But as his situation grew more perilous, he turned to murder, preying on Western tourists dropping out across the 1970s "hippie trail", leaving dead bodies and gruesome crime scenes in his wake, triggering an international manhunt that put him at the top of INTERPOL's most wanted list.

On the Trail of the Serpent draws its listeners into the story of Sobhraj's life as told exclusively to journalists Richard Neville and Julie Clarke by the investigators, families of the victims, and even Sobhraj himself. Blurring the boundaries between true crime and novelization, this remains the definitive book about Sobhraj - a riveting tale of sex, drugs, adventure, and murder. 

©2021 Richard Neville and Julie Clarke (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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EXHILARATING

There was no such thing as a friend, a lover or business partner, they were all prey.
Even his brothers and sisters were used and abandoned.
One of the weirdest, most exciting, and intriguing true crime tales of a charismatic serial killer and charming psychopath I've come across.
A very exciting and captivating and exhilarating read.

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If you loved the Netflix series...

But needed more details, then this unabridged and well researched tell all is a must for you.