Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

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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 gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.


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About John Burdett

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John Burdett was brought up in North London and worked as a lawyer in Hong Kong. To date he has published seven novels, including the Bangkok series: Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, Bangkok Haunts, The Godfather of Kathmandu, and Vulture Peak.
 
Published June 3, 2003 by Vintage. 338 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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Assisted by his transsexual partner Lek, and a convicted cinematographer (“Yammy”) whose price for providing inside blue-movie info is the right to make “artistic” porn films (i.e., with plots), Sonchai labors to ignore the ghosts of his own self-indulgent past while pursuing a comic-operatic gal...

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But he lets Sonchai’s infatuation for the infinitely talented Chanya turn the story into a clever but tiring post-9/11 analysis of how American moralists like the bright, brawny but doomed Mitch Turner (and, by implication, his counterparts among the Muslim fundamentalists) can be so wrong when t...

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A Russian nuclear physicist turned pimp, “Barbara Hutton’s jadeite wedding necklace,” and an educational visit to a crocodile farm keep the reader alert—even when Sonchai’s summary descriptions of Bangkok’s history, culture, and economic priorities lapse into exposition and background information...

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THE seductiveness of John Burdett's ''Bangkok 8'' (2003) had to do with the way Burdett put the reader pleasurably upriver without a paddle.

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The Guardian

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Bangkok Tattooby John Burdett 335pp, Bantam, £12.99 There is an author's note at the start of John Burdett's first novel, the much-lauded Bangkok 8, which introduced us to his hard-living Buddhist detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

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Publishers Weekly

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Set in Thailand's capital in the mid-1990s, this ambitious first novel by Burdett (The Last Six Million Seconds) follows the city's only honest police detective, Sonchai Jitplecheep, as he searches for the person responsible for the deaths of his partner (a friend from childhood) and an American ...

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They profess astonishment at the level and sheer visibility of the corruption in Bangkok, while telling Sonchai that his investigation of the murders of Bradley and Pichai must steer clear of a wealthy and well-connected American businessman with an interest in jade and a taste for sexual violence.

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Entertainment Weekly

Americans don't fare well in novelist John Burdett's Thailand.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Vikorn is unusually indulgent in his treatment of the unfortunately honest Sonchai out of respect and remembrance of Sonchai's mother, Nong.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The book also had very tiny plot elements that were vital to the book;

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He is the son of a bar girl and an unknown GI, but his mother has made sure that the men she lived with were able to give Sonchai a veneer of civilization as well a several languages, including English.

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About.com

His last tale, Bangkok 8, was the stuff of a psychedelic nightmare, as Sonchai tries to unravel the mystery of a CIA agent murdered by methamphetamine-crazed cobras that also took the life of his partner.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Two years after the success of his critically-acclaimed Bangkok 8 (2003), Burdett recaptures the intrigue of Bangkok’s red-light district with this provocative story about death and deception.

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Military.com

Sonchai Jitpleecheep, Bangkok's last remaining honest policeman, is back, and he's matching wits with CIA agents, Japanese gangsters, Thai Muslims, and a mad tattoo artist.

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Open Salon

Unlike Burdett's later Bangkok novels, Bangkok 8 is a perfect mix of noir, politics, and gallows humor.

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