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Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep stars in this adrenaline-fueled more-or-less mystery that is distinguished by smart (frequently witty) dialogue, a terrific depiction of place and plot twists galore.
John Burdett's Bangkok is far more than the bizarre murders, corrupt cops and big-hearted bar girls of his novels. It's also the city as a living breathing, thing.
"Thailand, a complicated land of both the sacred and the profane, makes the perfect setting for John Burdett's compulsively readable series set in Bangkok's sleazy District 8," says bookseller Steve Shapiro. "Undercurrents involving government payoffs and otherworldly spirits combine to become a character in themselves."
Salon book critic Laura Miller says this follow-up to Bangkok 8 is a wild and crazy, very funny, very smart and very non-Western look at life in the Thai capital.