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Bangkok 8 [signed]

Burdett, John

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ISBN 10: 1400040442 / ISBN 13: 9781400040445
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003
Condition: Very Good Minus Hardcover
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317 pages; color illustrated boards; boldly signed by author in black ink on title page; pictorial dust jacket; dings and scratches to front board, nick to lower spine; head and tail of spine softened; slightly cocked; minimal wear to jacket; a very good minus to very good copy in a very good to very good plus jacket; a murder mystery set within Thailand's very active sex trade industry. Bookseller Inventory # X00296

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Title: Bangkok 8 [signed]

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good Minus

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A half-Thai, half-American policeman with a deeply spiritual outlook serves as a first-person guide to the Bangkok underworld in this unique noir thriller, a New York Times Notable Book for 2003. When a Thai detective and a US Embassy Marine suspected of jade and drug smuggling are murdered by snakebite, the detective's best friend and partner Sonchai Jitpleecheep, the son of an American GI and a Thai prostitute, teams up with an FBI agent to solve the case. The trail, which leads to a well-connected American jeweler and a mysterious, incredibly gorgeous woman, illuminates the unusual types of collusion between organized crime and Thai law enforcement

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When a U.S. Marine is killed in Bangkok, the task of finding the murderer falls to Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, seemingly the only member of the Royal Thai Police Force whose idea of justice precludes his fellow officers' customary system of bribery. This assignment's especially important to the devout detective for during the investigation of the murder scene, the methamphetamine-stoked snakes that bit the marine also kill Sonchai's police partner, best friend, and Buddhist soul-mate Pichai. Sonchai's pursuit of revenge will team him with a sexually frustrated FBI agent and leave them at the mercy of yaa-baa-fueled motorcycle-taxi drivers as they hurtle through neon-lit Bangkok and into the labyrinthine and deadly machinations of the international jade and drug trades in search of the killer.

As Sonchai himself notes at one point, "This isn't a whodunit, is it?" And, no, it isn't, but author John Burdett (A Personal History of Thirst, The Last Six Million Seconds) 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's flesh trade, through its cut-rate plastic surgery parlors, and ends in a climax with a fittingly Buddhist twist. Bangkok 8 is highly recommended for readers in the mood for Thai. --Benjamin Reese

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