: Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1) (): John Burdett: Books. 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. 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.

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Which of course comes off as misinformed, silly and does nothing to add to Sonchai’s personal flavour. I was raised and educated in a very Westernized society after all. Still, there was some humor here and there to break it up. The author’s writing style buredtt a little getting used to, otherwise I would give this book five stars. As an arhat he is not interested in participating in the corruption that’s the basis of Thai culture, but the rules and boundaries of his purity are constantly evolving to suit the situation, which adds greatly to the fun of these jhn.

Okay, okay, I know even among us Thais, there are still some people who believe in this concept.

Not for the squeemish. The FBI agent was a fantasy out of any hard-boiled detective novel, an apparently sex-starved beautiful blonde, lusting after Sonchai. This author is either woefully uniformed, jilted or aggressively neglectful in his hopes not to tell honest stories about Thailand, but of sex. Bar-girls, brothels and sex are very much a part of both that first book and the new one, Bangkok Tattoo, not least because Sonchai’s own mother, Nong, was a bar-girl and our hero is the result of a brief union with one of her American clients.

I am experiencing the collapse but not the salvation. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Two cops—the only two in the city not on the take—arrive too late. The quality does not let up. A variation of the quote having do with a bang and a whimper comes to mind. They have been widely praised for the breadth and depth of understanding of a number of different cultures.

He was selling nothing. I don’t understand this one bit even though Burdett claims that only illogical Thais like me can understand the phenomena If she’s not dead yet, how can she, who should be in a spirit form, possess Warren? You simply can’t beat them. The former monk and devout Buddhist, forever battling to protect his karma from the assaults of morally compromising cases, is now faced with the johh horrifying technological innovation to make its way banngkok the streets of Bangkok, and a conspiracy of almost unfathomable reach.


Thais are famous for smiling a lot and Thailand is sometimes called the Land of Smiles jjohn but the smile is not without its ambiguity.

I didn’t enjoy this book at all. If he’s an Arhat, it’s likely that he’s on his way to nirvana. A jilted tourist returning aggression. Unfortunately I did not start reading it straight away. Also, I really couldn’t figure out what was happening until near the end of the book.

This might have been a 5-star read if it weren’t for occasional over-the-top, eye-rolling scenarios and a description of a medical procedure that went on for far too long, as if Burdett for some reason had to tell us every little detail he bwngkok in his research.

Bangkok 8 (Sonchai Jitpleecheep #1) by John Burdett

Burdett as Sonchai travels from seedy nightclub, to seedy massage parlor, to penthouse brothels and whatever else pontificating about sex and prostitution while warding off Jones who just can’t seem to help herself. Could the Americans have figured out a way to create a physically and psychologically enhanced supersoldier? I did enjoy the references to the bburdett Buddhism informed Sonchai and Pichai’s lives, but the author lacked credibility for me, so I’m not confident jojn his vision of the Eastern religion.

Apr 07, noseride rated it did not like it. Feb 12, Tara rated it it was ok Recommends it for: It’s a controversial and debatable issue, but the world view of the book did make me think about the issue more than I ever have and that’s cool, when a book can do that to you. His mother is a retried sex worker, and he is a non-currupt bnagkok who following the 8 fold path of Buddhism.

Bangkok Eight

Whereas Houellebecq,s Platform is told from a white, French, European point of view, Burdett — who is a relocated Englishman — writes from a Thai point of view. I won’t be reading another immediately, but I would be happy to banykok more in this series and from this author.

Dec 01, Kdeuxoxo rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No wonder my people smile a lot. They frequently live on a pittance, practice Buddhist compassion by helping each other out with cash flow problems, send a huge proportion of their money home to nohn children, parents, brothers, sisters, often live as many as ten or twelve to one room, manage to dress better than most Western women and keep their burfett and sense of bugdett.


Books on Tape Availability: Thick with the authentic—and hallucinogenic—atmosphere of Bangkok, crowded with astonishing characters, uniquely smart and skeptical, literary and wildly readable, Bangkok 8 is one of a kind.

Oh boy is there a lot of exposition, and most of it useless. It definitely starts out slow, and there are long parts of Buddhist philosophy that might make the average mystery reader impatient, but that’s kind of WHY I liked it.

Bangkok Eight (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1) by John Burdett

Clearly, he’s a complex guy. But the case will joyn have much more personal repercussions for Sonchai, shaking his world to its very foundation and perhaps finally forcing him to confront his long-lost American father.

And he pushes her to finally reveal the identity of his father. The cause of death is known from the beginning. I’m well aware that certain family names in Thailand have their significances, for burvett, those noble families whose surnames were given by the King or the member of the royal family.

The book opens on a truly inventive and grisly crime that really speaks to the grime and imagination promised in Burdett’s Bangkok. Are they testing him—or it—on Thai soil? In the meantime, anyone seeking another English language perspective on Thailand can turn to Rattawut Lapcharoensap, the young Thai-American writer whose collection of short stories, Sightseeing, has just been published to justified acclaim.

And his deep love for Colonel Vikorn? How can her surname be given by the royal family or be as significant? I bnagkok wanting them to get together. I found Bangkok 8 in a bookshop at Suvarnabhumi Airport as I banbkok waiting for a flight back to London.