The Godfather of Kathmandu
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The Godfather of Kathmandu

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Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is summoned to investigate the most shocking murder of his career. Solving it could mean a promotion but, still reeling from a personal tragedy, Sonchai is more interested in Tietsin, an exiled Tibetan lama living in Kathmandu. But there are obstacles in Sonchai's path to enlightenment. Police Colonel Vikorn and Army General Zinna are at war again for control over Bangkok's network of illegal enterprises - and Tietsin has forty million dollars' worth of heroin for sale. With his life in increasing danger, Sonchai is put to the extreme test in John Burdett's most inventive, darkly comic and wickedly entertaining novel yet.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 110 x 176 x 32mm | 240.4g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552153605
  • 9780552153607
  • 107,979

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"Burdett's fever-dream mysteries recast the police procedural as psychedelic peep show."--"The New Yorker" "John Burdett is writing the most exciting set of crime novels in the world."--"The Oregonian" ""Godfather "is written with Burdett's characteristic zest, serving up pungent slices of Bangkok's bazaars and waterways."--"The Boston Globe" "A Thai tale of corruption, mayhem and intrigue."--"San Francisco Chronicle" "It is the mordant wit of his exhaustively observant 'monk manque' hero that fuels this blissful and dexterous book."--"Houston Chronicle"" ""This is a novel brimming with observations and arguments, with absurdity and jokes . . . Witty, learned, and wild."--"The Washington Post Book World" "The spiciest yet of Burdett's exotic dishes."--"The Times "(London) "Burdett's latest mystery is delightfully ambiguous, like life itself."--"St. Louis Post-Dispatch" "Block out several hours to read it in one sitting.oshow 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. His previous novels, Bangkok Eight, Bangkok Haunts and Bangkok Tattoo, which also feature Sonchai Jitpleecheep, are also available as Corgi paperbacks.show more

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Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is summoned to investigate the most shocking murder of his career. Solving it could mean a promotion but, still reeling from a personal tragedy, Sonchai is more interested in an exiled Tibetan lama living in Kathmandu. But there are obstacles in Sonchai's path to enlightenment. Police Colonel Vikorn and Army General Zinna are at war again for control over Bangkok's network of illegal enterprises - and the Tibetan lama has forty million dollars' worth of heroin for sale. With his life in increasing danger, Sonchai is put to the extreme test in John Burdett's most inventive, darkly comic and wickedly entertaining novel yet.show more

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1,983 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
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4 41% (809)
3 27% (542)
2 8% (151)
1 1% (28)
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