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A Good Death

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“A first rate mystery, beautifully crafted, fast-paced, and populated with the most vivid (and at times seamy) characters… A bravura debut!” --Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling co-author of the Pendergast series of novels

A nail-biting debut mysterythat plunges readers into the seamy side streets of late-90s Bangkok and across the untamed mountains of the Lao-Vietnam border,h
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Megan Robinson
I enjoyed the start of this book much more then the finish. Experiencing Thailand with the main character while he unearthed the mystery was pretty interesting. The whole second half where they went to Laos not so much for me, as the details around the war, tribes, etc did not interest me at all, nor did the search for the father.
If you are interested in reading a different kind of mystery set in exotic places with a good plot, believable characters (for the most part), and some really weird stuff, this is the book for you! There are parts that are somewhat difficult to believe-would someone really go from being a banker to thinking she will move back to the jungle, which she left when she was young, and believe some of the very strange religious ceremony these people have? I don't think so. Having said that, the author ...more
This debut novel introduces Sebastian Damon, a Boston PI who catches an intriguing case of a woman who has possibly faked her death for the 250,000 life insurance. He is hired by the insurance company to fly to Bangkok to try and determine if she is indeed dead. A truly corrupt picture is presented of the Thai police and shocking squalor of the city. He manages to locate the room where she died from an heroin overdose, track down her death certificate, talk to police who worked the crime scene, ...more
Christopher R. Cox's years of writing and his journeys traveling off the paths usually trodden by tourist in SE Asia offers "A Good Death" as a special treat. The background information on Thai and Laotian culture alone makes this a worthy read. However, the author has also graced us with a stunningly intriguing and textured mystery written with the skill of a mature story teller.

I'm still trying to get my mind back into my real life after being lost in this book with the main character, Sebasti
Christopher Cox’s debut novel is a story that makes any reader love a good mystery. It is a glimpse into a world that is foreign to most us and at times seems make-believe or of myth, of a time long ago. It’s hard to imagine when you live in America a world that is unlike ours, a world where its citizens live outside civilization and their lives are based on traditions that grew from fears and superstitions. Follow Sebastian Damon, a Boston PI, as he enters two worlds very different from his own ...more
PROTAGONIST: Sebastian Damon, PI
SETTING: Thailand and Laos
RATING: 3.25
WHY: Sebastian Damon, PI from Boston, is sent to Thailand by an insurance company to try to find a woman who supposedly died but they believe is still alive. He's successful, but then he becomes involved in helping find her father, a former US pilot. She left Laos as a child with her uncle during a time of great turmoil and feels a need to return to her family tribe. Cox REALLY knows his setting, and he must have done an enorm
Andy Plonka
Although the mystery is pretty run of the mill, the descriptions of Southeast Asia, Thailand and Laos in particular are wonderful, and insight into the way the indigenous people view the world is educational.
I actually really, really enjoyed this. A shame he doesn't have any other books out. If there's one thing I took from it, though, it's that I never, ever want to go to Thailand. Ever.
Reading Fool
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Sebastian Damon is a private investigator who has been hired by an insurance company to investigate a suspected fraudulent claim on a life insurance policy. The investigation takes him to Thailand and Laos, where he looks for Linda Watts, a Laotian refugee who immigrated to America. The story is so creative and different and a great opportunity for me to learn more about Southeast Asia and the plight of the Thai and Laotian people during the
It's hard to believe how long ago the Vietnam war took place. The sorrow, the suffering, the anguish continue. The refugee wrenched from his or her own country, forced to assimilate in a country that sees no value in him, can overlook her humanity. The eternal problems of people who can't speak or undertand the language, can't read or write, can't get a job. Maybe I've read too many of these sorrowful books in too short a period of time. How many years have we prayed for peace in the world? Gues ...more
Catherine Woodman
The book creates a thinly veiled reason for the protagonist to quickly leave the United States and embark on a missing person's case in Thailand. The person he seeks is a woman who is one of the SE Asian hill tribe people, so we are able to leave Bangkok quickly--the author knows his stuff, and the book is very good atmospherically. The plot is a little more convoluted than it needs to be and people's motivations are less clear than would be ideal, but for the genre it is good.
Debut author sets a mystery in Thailand. Interesting plot and compelling characters. Sebastian is a Boston private detective who has been sent to Thailand by an insurance company to make sure a claim on a life insurance policy is valid, i.e, that the decedent is really dead. During his travels, Sebastian sees the seamier side of Thailand and encounters an array of interesting characters.
Excellent, authentic, travel mystery about a private investigator looking into insurance fraud in Thailand, which turns into a search in the jungles of Laos. The details and authenticity of the writing are excellent. The pace is steady and the plot grabs you early on and keeps you going until the last page. Recommended.
I had trouble both rating and reading this book. It is well crafted and I think well researched. It is a reminder of the havoc left in Bangkok and the Laos-Vietnam border. It is one of those books that catches you but you know it isn't going to turn out well. Makes you think of what will the US impact on Iraq and Afghanistan.
I'm really sorry that I squandered time on this reads like a not very good novelization of a not very good action movie. I stuck with it because I was interested in the back story - history and culture of Indochina - but the writing was not great, the plot was predictable, and the characters were cartoons.
I found this on the "new release" shelf at my local library. At first the book seemed to be a kind of procedural in an exotic location (Bangkok) but about half way through it turned into a thriller about tribal war and religion which is not my cup of tea so I only skimmed the last half.
Sebastian Cox has taken over his dad's PI business and is barely squeaking by. When a beautiful young banker comes up dead of a heroin overdose in a Thai flophouse, Sebastian lands the job to confirm the death for the skeptical insurance company.
David Marshall
This has all the usual problems of a first novel with poor pacing and a less than credible plot.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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No more Bangkok crime fiction novels for me.
Predictable, uneventful, lack-luster.
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My name is Christopher R. Cox and I am a recovering journalist. After nearly 20 years as a staff feature reporter for daily newspapers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Lowell and Boston, Massachusetts, where I racked up numerous national and regional awards -- but little financial lucre -- I left the business in 2005 to embark on a full-time regimen of freelance writing, Larium, and Third World trav ...more
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