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Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett
Book DescriptionBangkok, rich in history and spirituality, crowded with temples, markets and canals, is also a city shrouded in shadows. Polluted, corrupt, infamous as the sex capital of the world, it is a place where wealth, poverty and unimaginable evil walk hand in hand. In District 8, the underbelly of Bangkok's crime world, a dramatically mutilated body is found in a hotel bedroom. It looks bad: the corpse - who's been flayed - is CIA. And it gets worse when the self-confessed murderer is the beautiful Chanya - the best 'working girl' at The Old Man's Club, a brothel owned jointly by Sonchai's mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn. Alerted by Sonchai, Vikorn quickly concocts a cover-up that involves an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell located in a southern Thai border-town where, since 9/11, the CIA has also had a covert presence. So far so good: but the truth will be harder to come by, and it will require Sonchai to find an ever more delicate balance between his ambition (western) and his Buddhism (eastern), while he runs the gamut of Bangkok's drug-dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, even worse military generals, and the pitfalls of his own melting heart. Crowded with astonishing characters, redolent with the authentic, hallucinogenic atmosphere of Bangkok, with needle-sharp observations about the clash of cultures when East meets West, this is a literary thriller like no other.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780552154710
(178mm x 106mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Black Swan
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Burdett
Vulture Peak, Paperback (November 2012)
The fifth Bangkok novel featuring Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the former Buddhist monk.
Godfather of Kathmandu, Paperback / softback (April 2011)
Sonchai Jitpleecheep--Burdett's inimitable Thai police detective--is summoned to the most shocking and intriguing crime scene of his career. Sonchai is more interested in finding Nirvana than in solving murders, in Burdett's most inventive, darkly comic novel yet.
Bangkok Panorama, Hardback (February 2009)» View all books by John Burdett
Presents an illustrated celebration of Bangkok, and it's fascinating and colourful contrasts. This volume presents the people, landscapes, and culture of Bangkok in a fresh perspective. Featuring over 100 images, it shows its people at work and play, and offers a glimpse of the unseen and unspoken - from high-society parties to slum dwellings.
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Author Biography - John Burdett
John Burdett is a former lawyer who worked in Hong Kong until he found his true vocation as a writer. An Englishman by birth, he has lived in France and Spain, and is now back in the Far East. His previous novel, Bangkok Eight, also features Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and is available as a Corgi paperback.
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