Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett

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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 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 May 10, 2005 by Vintage. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Romance. 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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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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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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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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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

His Buddhist monk cum Bangkok police detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is the singularly most complex and exotic police detective to be found in current noir detective fiction.

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Book Reporter

His Buddhist monk cum Bangkok police detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is the singularly most complex and exotic police detective to be found in current noir detective fiction.

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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 and Sonchai work to create a new cover story, yet they also must begin a real investigation.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Sonchai once more relies on inspiration from his dead friend and former colleague Pichai, who attempts to help Sonchai solve the mystery.

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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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Bestsellersworld

Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called in to investigate a murder.

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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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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

After the business dwindles due to the annulment of the “satisfaction guaranteed” policy, Chanya is the salvation of the Old Man’s Club, and she begins to bring back a steady supply of customers.

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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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Curtis Brown

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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