: Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1) (): John Burdett: Books. 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. 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.

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He’s an Arhat but he’s also a cop. You should have heard our last conversation. This book could have been trimmed by at least pages. This book does not measure up to Nangkok Cotterill’s Dr. That’s pretty much the whole of the book. Well, in my opinion a good lawyer knows where law stops and life begins, but the discipline does induce a healthy respect for detail. When did you start spending time in Bangkok and what first brought you there?

Bangkok Eight

As if some sort of insider-trading scoop on Buddhist spirituality. There are countless better examples of this too, when compared to Bangkok 8. This novel is rich in detail—from the often corrupt workings of the police force to the drug-trade; from the sex industry to the mining of rare gems; from Buddhism to sex change operations—What kind of research went into this novel? Apart from the Anglo-Saxon cultural traditions with which he was brought up, Burdett has shown considerable familiarity with Confucian, Buddhist, Latin and North African societies, due to his extensive travels.


His ambiguous feelings toward Kimberley Jones, an American FBI agent brought in to work the case, reflect his upbringing as the child of a Thai mother and an unknown American father. Jan 16, Carolynne rated it it was ok Shelves: She spends the whole rest of the book trying to—not seduce, because that’s too romantic—convince Sonchai to bang her.

You can simply ask me if anything is unclear to you. Around the page mark is a scene that led me to three crucial realizations.

There are, however, other issues of banbkok greater current concern to the Thai government than western attitudes to the sex trade. Apr 07, C-shaw rated it really liked it.

Bangkok Eight (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1) by John Burdett

And where Sonchai tracks the killer—and a predator of an even more sinister variety. Books by John Burxett. View all 14 comments. It’s extremely obvious that it was written by some American who had a few token conversations with Thai people and thought he could write stories f I didn’t enjoy this book at all.


I’m guessing there could never be a car chase in that city. Thais are a non-confrontational people who set great store by personal dignity so the smile can hide just about anything. This reveals a colorful world of expat decadence, business-oriented prostitutes, corrupt cops, spicy food, Buddhism, hospitals specializing in transsexual operations, the jade trade, and some of the more fascinating facets of Thai culture. It really got repetitive.

Not for the squeemish. I’m sure there are better fictional sources for learning about contemporary Thai culture and, for that reason, I won’t be bngkok with the other books in the series. Please read it with an open mind. I thought about things I’d never thought about before, because of the book.

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This author is either woefully uniformed, jilted or aggressively neglectful in his hopes not to tell honest stories about Thailand, but of sex. Looking for More Great Reads? I guess he didn’t enjoy it as much as I did, though, because he stayed away three years.

Whole Story Audiobooks Availability: It feels that he’s constantly trying to force the validity of the perceptions, also. Bangkok 8 – September No monk in this modern society context can archieve Arhant even if he spent his whole life meditating, let alone being an Arhant cop, the concept which totally fucked up my head. The main character is what I call a “mixo” — thai mother, african-american father.

Readers expecting a traditional mystery structure would be advised to look elsewhere, but those who want something new will find Burdett’s novel an intriguing, fresh take on noir. Sonchai’s mother, Nong, is a whore who comes from Petchabun.

Bangiok ofhe split his time between southwestern France and Bangkok. I did enjoy the refe Barely 2 stars. Excellent introduction to John Burdett’s Sonchaii Jitpleecheep mysteries. About the Author John Burdett practiced law for 14 years in London and Burrdett Kong until he was able to retire to write full bangkkk.

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