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For Mark Rohr, a decorated Desert Storm vet, the last ten years have been filled with shady jobs like his current stint as a bouncer at a nameless whorehouse/bar in Thailand. When the beautiful and nave Robin Antonucci arrives in Phuket City from the States and hires him to help find her missing brother Shawn, Mark sees the chance to make some easy money.
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Poisoned Pen Press
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Jami
Feb 19, 2015 Jami rated it liked it
This was a solid fast moving story with some interesting twists along the way. The story is set in Thailand and the author obviously knows the country and its culture very well. The title Noble Lies comes from Thai culture, where it is better to provide an answer, even if it is wrong, rather than not provide any answer and admit you don't know. The narrator was excellent and added to my enjoyment of the book.
Carl Brookins
Aug 04, 2008 Carl Brookins rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those who like foreign travel and Intrigue


This is your classic John Wayne type Western–except it’s an Eastern, set in Thailand. A big stalwart ex-Marine, down on his luck is forced to take on seedy and questionable jobs in order to maintain life. Approached by a beautiful woman unschooled in the ways of the culture, the man is encouraged, if not almost forced, to become her protector. His name is Mark Rohr, a Desert Storm veteran, hanging out in a pickup bar in Phuket City where he keeps the peace among the drunks, whores, bar-girls and
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NOBLE LIES (Action/Suspense-Mark Rohr-Thailand-Cont) – G+
Benoit, Charles – 3rd book
Poisoned Pen Press, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN:1590584503
First Sentence: What he needed was a knife.
*** Desert Storm vet Mark Rohr is now is post-tsunami Thailand. American Robin Antonucci want to hire him to find her brother, Shawn, who has been missing since the tsunami but Robin is certain she saw on a recent news video. What seems to be easy money quickly turns complicated with a Thai prostitute Pim claiming to
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Scott
Apr 01, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Really enjoyed this book. The characters don't stand out as much as the locations do - odd but it is expected of Benoit's books, he makes the locations come alive.
Papalodge
Mar 05, 2008 Papalodge rated it really liked it
Thailand, tsunami,gangsters and pirates, cool.
Mrk, Robin, Pim, Jarin and the mystery guy were all good characters that moved this mystery along.
Even the bad guys were likable.
If you ever read about Anna and the king of Siam you'll feel comfortable learning thatlife in the back streets hasn't changed much since the 1860s.
Lois
Nov 16, 2009 Lois rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thai woman a little too "Wise Asian" (although I agreed with her); the hero a shade too gullible for someone with his background; the ending very tidily delivered with a bow.

Good narrator.
Cheryl
Jun 15, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok
The plot of this book--someone takes advantage of a disaster to disappear--centers on an idea we have all considered. There are some satisfying plot twists and turns that caught me unaware.
Susan
Sep 09, 2016 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: set-in-asia
An interesting book with some interesting twists. I am not sure if I bought how naive Mark was, but then his hormones might have initially been clouding his judgement.
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May 02, 2011 Kae Cheatham marked it as didnt-finish
This was a matter of setting for me. The story was shaping up OK, but I didn’t like the setting.
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When he's not traveling around the globe in the search of exotic, tax-deductible settings for his mysteries, Charles Benoit spends his days pumping out subliminal-laced advertising.
Nominated for an Edgar and a Barry, Relative Danger won the Franklin award and was the darling of fans and critics alike. Out of Order (2006) is set in modern India while Noble Lies (September 2007) takes place in Thai
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