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Bangkok Tattoo (Paperback)

Author:  John Burdett
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1400032911
ISBN-13: 9781400032914
Sku: 202149168
Publish Date: 7/11/2006
Pages:  301
Age Range:  NA
 
'Killing customers just isn't good for business.' (from the first line)
From the author of "Bangkok 8" comes a head-spinning novel that puts readers back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

From the Publisher:
Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller.

A farang - a foreigner - has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co-owned by Sonchai's mother and his boss. The dead man was a CIA agent. To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet-natured Chanya, the brothel's top earner and a woman whom the devoutly Buddhist sleuth has loved for several lifetimes.

How can Sonchai solve this crime without sending Chanya to prison? How can he engage in a cover-up without endangering his karma? And how will he ever get to the bottom of a case whose interested parties include American spooks, Muslim fundamentalists, and gangsters from three countries?

As addictive as opium, as hot as Sriracha chili sauce, and bursting with surprises, Bangkok Tattoo will leave its mark on you.

About the Author:
John Burdett is a nonpracticing lawyer who worked in Hong Kong for a British firm until he found his true vocation as a writer. Since then, he has lived in France and Spain and is now back in Hong Kong. He is the author of Bangkok 8, A Personal History of Thirst and The Last Six Million Seconds.

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Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a deeply spiritual Bangkok police detective maintaining his unique sense of integrity within a corrupt system, returns in this violently farcical, twisty sequel to the bestselling and equally outrageous BANGKOK 8. Moonlighting at his mother Nong's bar/brothel, Sonchai has fallen not-so-secretly in love with the establishment's star performer, Chanya. That makes it particularly awkward when a blood-soaked but unharmed Chanya is discovered next to the disemboweled, flayed, and castrated corpse of her latest client, an American CIA agent. Sonchai is left with the unenviable task of figuring out why the American was killed while simultaneously covering up the crime to avoid CIA involvement in the investigation.

Praise

Booklist
"[O]utrageous yet bizarrely tender." - Bill Ott 05/01/2005

Salon
"John Burdett's giddy, wicked, hilarious crime novels are not for the oversensitive American....[W]e, the devoted admirers of Sonchai, say...Lighten up, farang. The chance to view Westerners through skeptical Asian eyes (sort of; after all, Burdett is a Brit living in Hong Kong) is one of the things that make the Bangkok 8 novels so delicious." - Laura Miller 06/06/2005

New Yorker
"The plot showcases Burdett's sly riffs on Third World stereotypes, Buddhism, and the gustatory pleasures of fried grasshoppers. It's a giddy, occasionally over-the-top performance, but mesmerizing: a comic tour of the underbelly of Bangkok in pursuit of both a murderer and the sublime." 07/11 & 07/18/2005

Literary Review
"Compulsive, shockingly readable thriller which refuses to moralise and refutes the standard Western notion of Thailand as a nation in which 'working girls are the down-trodden slaves of a chauvinistic, male-dominated culture.'...Original, exciting, poetic and somehow salutary." - Philip Oakes August 2005

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0301
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books USA
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