This imaginative thriller got great reviews from all the big names, not just from me. You've never met a police detective quite like Bangkok's Songchai Jitpleecheep, Buddhist, brothel owner (with his retired mother as mamasan) and - in a stream of asides to the reader -revealer of Thai wisdom and life truths. A murdered farang (foreigner) turns out to be CIA and also connected romantically to Songchai's beautiful, talented, and most profit-making "girl." Post-9/11, Songchai and his boss, the severely bent Colonel Vikorn, know that other Americans are sure to come looking for their associate and for signs of the crime being terrorist-related. The resulting cover-ups, bribes, misinformation, and strange alliances add to the Alice in Wonderland feeling.
Second in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep police series set in Bangkok, Thailand. Very rough and gritty look at the sleazier side of Bangkok. Sonchai, aside from being a policeman, is also one of the major interest-holders in a whorehouse called The Old Man's Club and an avid Buddhist. The son of the whoremistress at the Club and an unknown American GI, Sonchai's view of Western Civilization and Christianity can be quite scathing at times--although, to be honest, most of the time I found myself wholeheartedly agreeing with him. Flag-waving, church-going patriots are most likely not going to be fans of this book. LOL
Anyway, the mystery begins when one of the Club's girls, Chanya, runs into the bar of the club covered in blood and stoned out of her mind. What Sonchai finds when he goes back to her customer's hotel room is a dead American, gutted stem to stern with his penis whacked off and sitting on the bediside table. Later it's discovered that he's a CIA operative. Oh-oh. Yeah. LOL Great book--not for the faint of heart, but I'm definitely looking forward to the next one--when Sonchai most probably gets to meet his now-located American father.
Another great, steamy, sultry, surprising novel featuring Sonchai Jittlecheep, a smart, humble, and fascinating Thai detective. I loved Bangkok 8, and this follow up is equally spendid! Terrific plot and characters, exotic locale, great pacing, lots of fun!
Second in the series, and better than the first - which was excellent. Interesting, different, and entertaining. A good read.
Another adventure with Jitpleecheep, his mother, and Col. Vikorn. Another American CIA murdered bizarrely. Another highly entertaining story. At least as good as Bangkok 8.
LOVED this! Pt. 2 in the series.
An unusual thriller set in an exotic land. Very entertaining read.
not as good as the first one; bangkok 8. it didn't flow as well. but it was still pretty good. love his descriptions of thailand. feels like i've been there in my mind. and outrageous and insightful as ever.
Sonchai Jitpleecheep returns from Bangkok 8 to narrate another thriller set in the title city, but this story has a considerably different feel. As before, it starts with a bang: the top sex worker in the Old Man's Club (jointly owned by his mother, boss, and himself) returns from a call bloodied and stoned on opium. The murdered client turns out to be CIA, and soon we find ourselves following Sonchai to Thailand's porous southern Muslim border as a part of a cover-up that involves drugs, al-Qaeda and American spies. We are reunited with a cast of colorful characters, but Sonchai functions as a slightly more jaded narrator to his farang audience, coordinating the telling of his beloved prostitute Chanya's story rather than bringing us along for the action. Nonetheless, a fun continuation with Sonchai whose title will eventually make sense.
I enjoyed this second book in the Sonchai Jitpleecheep series. What's the mystery? Well, there are several and Sonchai's descriptions engaged me and made me want to learn more about his life as a Thai policeman, a devout Buddhist, and a sardonic observer of American life. I look forward to reading the next book, Bangkok Haunts.
Again a winner from John Burdett.
Exotic - loved this book!