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Paying Back Jack: A Vincent Calvino Novel (Vincent Calvino #10)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  73 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Christopher G. Moore's prize-winning series of crime novels set in Bangkok has been translated into eleven languages and critically acclaimed around the world. Featuring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in the dangerous and steamy Thai capital, the books offer gripping plots, fascinating characters, and unparalleled insight into one of the world ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Nov 28, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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PROTAGONIST: PI Vincent Calvino
SETTING: Bangkok
SERIES: #10 of 10

Vincent Calvino is an expatriated American and disbarred lawyer who lives in Bangkok and makes a living as a private eye. He is hired by another American who is obsessed with the unsolved murder of his son. The job seems simple enough—follow the mistress of a Thai politician. But as these things tend to go, the situation rapidly gets out of hand, with Vincent nearly being killed and then positioned to be framed for a murd
Christine Zibas
Feb 09, 2016 Christine Zibas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Paying Back Jack” is one in a long line of Bangkok-based detective novels by Christopher G. Moore. Based on Private Investigator (PI) Vincent Calvino, a failed American lawyer living in Thailand, author Moore weaves tales of evil and corruption that are as much about living in Bangkok as they are about solving the mysteries of a prostitute’s murder and a planned hit on a Thai politician’s life. It’s all about “paying back Jack,” an expression used by a group of former (and current) CIA operativ ...more
Feb 08, 2010 Harvee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Complex plot about paying back for old scores, in Bangkok, which seems like the most risky place in the world to live. The plot had too many components for my liking. The writing showed promise and flashes of brilliance. I think that Moore could easily use his talents to also write literary fiction. More here. See the full review on my blog.
Warren Olson
Jul 08, 2012 Warren Olson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usual good Christopher Moore tale involving the Bangkok P.I. Vincent Calvino -
Fortunately as an actual bangkok P.I. I didn't seem to encounter quite the amount of problems/near death expereinces as Calvino does ; but a well wriiten tale, some great character details, and all pretty much authentic as far as the Thai/Bangkok scne go's.
G.Richard Mccafferty
What a story

Once again Khun Vinny Lewisville thru such a mystery that even he has a hard time trying to know what's up and down . He is in the end the paragon of the ugly American who has seen the truth and flowed his heart .....ended the ones responsible for their sins .... Go vinny .....
Oct 10, 2010 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most complex plot in the Calvino series, Paying Back Jack is high energy, multi-threaded, and intensely puzzling to the end - with a little extra crescendo thrown in for good measure. It also seems like a great setup for a return of these characters in a sequel.
Down at the heels expat gumshoe (do gumshoes have heels?) Vincent Calvino is way out of his league as pro assassins make him the patsy. As usual, Calvino wise cracks and interacts regular cast of farangs and mings that populate the Thai-Noir setting.
Nov 07, 2012 Yankey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Oops. I purchased this by mistake thinking it was the other Christopher Moore. Once I discovered my error I read ahead anyway. Yuck, I didn't like the characters, setting, story or even the writing style.
Jul 18, 2010 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first two in the series
Douglas Cook
Mar 27, 2010 Douglas Cook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
First sentence - "Calvino's last sports jacket was ruined when Nicky "the Toad" Marras' blood spattered over the lapel and down the pocket."
E Goldberg
Oct 14, 2009 E Goldberg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: mystery, crime
Pretty good.
Dec 14, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The rest of his books are so funny... not this one. Can't really get into it.
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Christopher George Moore is a Canadian novelist who has lived in Bangkok, Thailand since 1988. He formerly taught law at the University of British Columbia. After his first book His Lordship’s Arsenal was published in New York to a critical acclaim in 1985, Moore became a full-time writer and has authored 18 novels and one collection of interlocked short stories. Moore’s novels have been called “c ...more
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