Bangkok 8

Bangkok 8

eBook - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
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 gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep—a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I.—is hell-bent on wreaking revenge. On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.


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Baker & Taylor
Sonchai Jitplecheep, the son of a GI and a Thai bar girl and an honest Bangkok cop, investigates the murder of a charismatic African-American Marine sergeant, killed by a python and a swarm of cobras in a locked car, and the subsequent death of his partner, making his way through a world of illicit drugs, prostitution, and corruption to find a vicious killer. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400040919
1400040914
Characteristics: 1 online resource (317 p.)
Alternative Title: Bangkok eight

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martins_mom Apr 22, 2017

Recommended by my Buddhist brother, this is an unusual story of police corruption in Thailand, with a thoughtful young policeman who tries to follow the Buddha's teachings in the midst of it as the main character.

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Rubicat
Apr 16, 2017

I wish I had a better memory for the books I read - I recall that I loved all the Jitpleecheep mysteries but I can never recall details. I believe I confused this story with the 2nd book but either one is terrifically interesting. I am always intrigued by the combination of exotic locations and good mystery stories. I truly love reading about everyday life in Italy, Turkey, India and Thailand to name only a few. I find Thai sensibilities to be very interesting - the attitudes about sex, religion and politics are so extremely pragmatic and laissez-faire it makes me almost wish I lived there - except for the genocide, repression and horribly depressing dishonesty of the police & politicians. Anyway, Burdett writes with a very sly & dry humor about the whole situation and on top of that, he crafts a damned good mystery. One of my absolute favorite series.

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671books
Dec 15, 2014

I enjoyed this book. The sights and sounds of Bangkok are captured here nicely. Full review here: www.671books.net

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StarGladiator
Aug 04, 2013

John Burdett is that invaluable rarety, the expatriate who fully understands the people and political theater of the country he resides (Thailand in particular, the Asian area in general) along with grasping the BIG picture. His books just get better and better, and reading his last several will make you a believer too!

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GummiGirl
Aug 03, 2013

A good hard-boiled detective story, with lots of Bangkok atmosphere.

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scottekarate
Jun 03, 2010

Raw and gritty. A unique spin on the detective genre.

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