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Bangkok Eight

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In surreal Bangkok, city of temples and brothels, where Buddhist monks in saffron robes walk the same streets as world-class gangsters, a US marine sergeant is killed inside a locked Mercedes by a maddened python and a swarm of cobras. Two policemen - the only two in the city not on the take - arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive. The cop left standing, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is a devout Buddhist and swears to avenge the death of his partner and soul brother. To do so he must use the forensic techniques of the modern policing and his own profound understanding of the mystical workings of the spirit world.Both will be vital as he immerses himself in the moneyed underbelly of Bangkok - where desire rules and where he will eventually find the killer, a predator of an even more sinister variety...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 106 x 174 x 30mm | 222.26g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 0552154695
  • 9780552154697
  • 82,574

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"'Cracking East-meets-West thriller introducing a half-Thai, half-American cop whose Buddhist beliefs are as important as his forensic skills. Terrific'" * Observer * "'A stunning thriller! Bangkok 8 is suspense at its best: a masterfully written tale set in a world that's perfectly evoked and populated with compelling, flesh and blood characters'" -- Jeffery Deaver "'Bangkok 8 is one of the most startling and provocative mysteries that I've read in years. The characters are marvellously unique, the setting is intoxication and the plot unwinds in dark illusory strands, reminiscent of Gorky Park. Once I started, I didn't put it down'" -- Carl Hiassen "'Read this book, savor the language - it's the last and the most compelling word in thrillers'" -- James Ellroy "'John Burdett infuses the plot with enough suspense, detail and dry Asian insight to keep readers rapt as the story careens about the bars and brothels of Thailand, taking in its flesh trade and cut-rate plastic surgery parlours and ending in a climax with a fittingly Buddhist twist. Bangkok 8 is highly recommended'" * amazon.co.uk *show more

About 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.He is the author of A Personal History of Thirst and Six Million Seconds. Bangkok Tattoo, the sequel to Bangkok Eight, is also published by Corgi.show more

Review Text

"'John Burdett infuses the plot with enough suspense, detail and dry Asian insight to keep readers rapt as the story careens about the bars and brothels of Thailand, taking in its flesh trade and cut-rate plastic surgery parlours and ending in a climax with a fittingly Buddhist twist. Bangkok 8 is highly recommended'"show more

Back cover copy

'Cracking East meets West thriller introducing a half-Thai, half-American cop whose Buddhist beliefs are as important as his forensic skills. Terrific' Observer In surreal Bangkok, city of temples and brothels, where Buddhist monks in saffron robes walk the same streets as world-class gangsters, a US marine sergeant is killed inside a locked Mercedes by a maddened python and a swarm of cobras. Two policemen - the only two in the city not on the take - arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive. The cop left standing, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is a devout Buddhist and swears to avenge the death of his partner and soul brother. To do so he must use the forensic techniques of the modern policing and his own profound understanding of the mystical workings of the spirit world.Both will be vital as he immerses himself in the moneyed underbelly of Bangkok - where desire rules and where he will eventually find the killer, a predator of an even more sinister variety... 'A fantastic new thriller with an avenging Buddhist cop as its central character' Mail on Sunday 'Read this book, savour the language - it's the last and most compelling word in thrillers' James Ellroy 'Impeccably researched, this is sometimes poetic, often exotic, and totally hardcore' Daily Mirrorshow more

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7,975 ratings
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3 26% (2,109)
2 7% (532)
1 2% (163)
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