Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett

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Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the devout Buddhist Royal Thai Police detective who led us through the best sellers Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo, returns in this blistering novel.

Sonchai has seen virtually everything on his beat in Bangkok's District 8, but nothing like the snuff film he's just been sent anonymously. Furiously fast-paced and laced through with an erotic ghost story that gives a new dark twist to the life of our hero, Bangkok Haunts more than lives up to the smart and darkly funny originality of its predecessors.


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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 5, 2007 by Vintage. 322 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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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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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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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Part mystery, part thriller and part exploration of Thai attitudes toward sex, this accomplished first novel by Burdett (A Personal History of Thirst;

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Book Reporter

Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a member of the Royal Thai Police force, is perhaps the only Bangkok cop not on the take in one of the most corrupt police departments in Southeast Asia.

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Entertainment Weekly

Pensive detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is back, regaling us with lurid tales of Bangkok brothels, opining endlessly on the West ("It's a culture of hypocrisy..."), and tackling another grisly murder in the third installment of John Burdett's saucy series.

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Bestsellersworld

The investigation will also take the two through the office of the police captain who is always up to something and doesn't want Sonchai and this case to get in his way.

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Bookmarks Magazine

John Burdett introduced readers to Thai Buddhist police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep and Bangkok’s seedy red light district in Bangkok 8 ( 3.5 of 5 Stars Sept/Oct 2003) and Bangkok Tattoo ( 4 of 5 Stars Selection Sept/Oct 2005).

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Strange Horizons

the trail to her killer leads Sonchai to the most exclusive men's club in Bangkok, to the back streets of Phnom Penh, and to the heart of a vast conspiracy that involves a mad Buddhist monk who frequents Internet cafés and leaves bracelets of elephant hair as his calling card.

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Strange Horizons

Bangkok Haunts is the third in Burdett's detective/thriller series (the first two, Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo, were previously reviewed here and here), and is the best so far.

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Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the devout Buddhist detective who led us through the best sellers Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo returns in this blistering new novel.

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