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: Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1) (): John Burdett: Books. 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. 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.

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I thought the murderer was obvious pretty early on, so I probably would not have kept reading brudett that this was a bookclub selection. Bangkok 8 makes you bankgok your perspective. Preview — Bangkok 8 by John Burdett. Now, his partner dead, Sonchai is doubly compelled to find the murderer, to maneuver through the world he knows all to well—illicit drugs, prostitution, infinite uohn into a realm he has never before encountered: Okay, okay, I know even among us Thais, there are still some people who believe in this concept.

But they are still harassing me. This reveals a colorful world of expat decadence, business-oriented prostitutes, corrupt cops, spicy food, Buddhism, hospitals specializing in transsexual operations, the jade trade, and som With a bang or, rather, a venomous bite John Burdett introduces us to the spiritual, yet corrupt, world of Bangkok policing, with the murder-by-drug-crazed-cobra of an expat African-American Army office in Bangkok.

Some people are also cooks or monks, but everybody is a whore, crook, or cop.


To see what your friends thought of this book, bagkok sign up. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I was completely entranced, and realized: 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. Jan 16, Carolynne rated it it was ok Shelves: The female protagonist, of the privileged white FBI beauty archetype, inexplicably gets enamored with aforementioned sad-faced Thai.

The main character is what I call a “mixo” — thai mother, african-american father. I couldn’t take seriously for a second this book and its “only honest cop” wherever cliche. Under a Bangkok bridge, inside a bolted-shut Mercedes: And the WHY is in the context of the deep, philosophical yet also cynically realistic eyes of the protagonist, a Buddhist un-corrupted Thai cop, who himself is half-American.


The way the characters always mention how Thai they are or how Thai they think.

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However, despite its faults, I can’t honestly say that I didn’t like it. Burdett now divides his time between Bangkok and southwest… Bagnkok about John Burdett. I kept wanting them to get together.

More By and About This Author. Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is the son of a Bangkok prostitute insert your own jonn joke regarding the juxtaposition of the words “Bangkok” and “prostitute” here and a U. The author writes through the voice of the narrator “This isn’t a whodunit, is it?

Apart from the Anglo-Saxon cultural traditions with which he was brought up, Burdett has shown considerable familiarity with Confucian, Buddhist, Latin and North African societies, due to his extensive travels. The book opens on a truly inventive and grisly crime that really speaks to the grime and imagination promised in Burdett’s Bangkok.

Jul 26, Terry Cornell rated it really liked it Shelves: But I didn’t find it very thrilling, perhaps because the main character, Sonchai, was never really in any danger at any This book gave me some insight into Thailand’s sex industry and helped me understand a bit better, at an emotional level, why some girls choose to go into prostitution.

Sonchai is a ” leuk krung ” or half-caste. Down in the deep south, just across the border from Malaysia, there has been, for the past 15 months, a simmering revolt by Muslim militants against the government, a rebellion which has led to more than deaths and sent ripples through the region. This sounds more like “May God bless him. The detective, a half-Chinese half-Irish HK resident, finds himself threatened by both sides—all the more so when a WMD smuggling plot that threatens to force outright war between Britain and China is uncovered.

Sorry Buddha, I loved him more than you. This concept of an Arhant is simply very outdated.

Thailand is still a poor country, though it seems to get richer by the month, and it is invariably the case with poor countries that people prefer to bend or ignore the law rather than suffer too much banngkok.


I have no problem with Burdett painting his own stylized version of Bangkok complete with its own rules and interpretations of the place. His most recent novel in this series, The Bangkok Assetwas published on 4 August The ending didn’t quite add up either.

The discussions between the FBI Agent and the Thai hero on the culture of consumerism versus those from a Buddhist country bagkok some interesting points. By page 25, readers are being bqngkok by Sonchai of any preconceptions they might have on the subject. I don’t want to waste anymore time on it.

Each is a detective story.

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That’s pretty much the whole of the book. What sets him apart from other cops in Bangkok is his worldliness and his dedication to being an “arhat”, a Buddhist well on the path to enlightenment. Not for the squeemish. If you’re really an Arhant, meaning that you’re burdetg religiouos, you’ll remain a monk.

Bangkok Eight (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1) by John Burdett

You figure out the details of the crime as you read, but more importantly, you understand WHY things happen. Bangkok 8 Author s: The hospitality and good nature of the people is legendary and very seductive, so I guess the answer is yes. Jan 27, Felicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Here’s a snippet, early in the game: Bangkok 8 contains a number of defences of the bar-girl life, concluding with this from Nong: If you’re looking for engaging fiction that treats cultural nuance with reverence instead of disdain, Japantown comes to mind even with some of its sillier ninja conceits.

Yes, the characters are as complex as they seem. Looking at the words “romp” and “fun” might be somewhat misleading as these books are not for the faint of heart.