Vulture Peak by John Burdett
(Sonchai Jitpleecheep)

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Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact—more or less—despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous crimes and criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows about his city—and himself—will be a mere starting point.
He’s put in charge of the highest-profile criminal case in Thailand—an attempt to bring an end to trafficking in human organs. He sets in motion a massive sting operation and stays at its center, traveling to Phuket, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo. He draws in a host of unwitting players that includes an aging rock star wearing out his second liver and the mysterious, diabolical, albeit gorgeous co-queenpins of the international body-parts trade: the Chinese twins known as the Vultures. And yet, it’s closer to home that Sonchai will discover things getting really dicey: rumors will reach him suggesting that his ex-prostitute wife, Chanya, is having an affair. Will Sonchai be enlightened enough—forget Buddha, think jealous husband—to cope with his very own compromised and compromising world?  
All will be revealed here, in John Burdett’s most mordantly funny, propulsive, fiendishly entertaining novel yet.

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 January 10, 2012 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep returns in Burdett’s fifth Bangkok novel as he gets involved in murderous—and convoluted—doings working on a case involving the trafficking of human body parts.

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Burdett’s fifth Bangkok novel (after 2010’s The Godfather of Kathmandu) opens with a memorable tableau—three corpses, laid neatly on a bed in a Phuket mansion and missing all commercially viable body parts, including their faces.

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“Vulture Peak is a modern morality tale with all the requisite bells and whistles and much more: a salutary warning for the Internet age. ‘It’s a beautiful, global world, so long as you keep your eyes shut.’”

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Book Reporter

John Burdett waits for almost six pages --- three pages of text and change, actually --- before unleashing a politically incorrect statement that is so shocking, so funny and so true that when you read it, you should have all of your bodily orifices empty and/or cleansed.

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City Book Review

Sonchai knows Bangkok better than anybody does, but in this story, he goes to Dubai, Hong Kong, Monte Carlo, Shanghai, and, mostly, Phuket, a resort town in Thailand, to investigate black-market trafficking in human organs.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is back in John Burdett’s fifth and latest installmen...

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Bookmarks Magazine

In his own words, here’s how he came to be where he is today.

Hi Farang,

Call me Sonchai, you probably won't be able to pronounce the rest of my name (Jitpleecheep), farang (Westerners) never can.

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But that is part of the subtle attraction of this series: on one hand we have the almost mystical approach to life of Sonchai and those around him, and on the other, the daily grind (if you’ll excuse the pun) of the ever-present sex industry and the bizarre and vicious crimes he is forced to conf...

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