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Vulture Peak by John Burdett
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Dec 26, 11

Read in December, 2011

I am a big fan of Burdett's buddhist, pot smoking, Thais detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. In this 5th installment of the series, Sonchai is called on to solve the murders of three people found in a mansion with their faces and internal organs removed, which is part of illegal trafficking in human organs. His boss, Colonel Viktor, wants to smash the illegal sales of human organs to bolster his campaign for governor. He sends Sonchai to Hong Kong to discover the intricacies of the illegal business posing as a new source for markets for the organs. The kingpins, or I should say, "queenpins" of the business he meets with are beautiful twin Chinese sisters who are gambling addicts, sexual perverts, and quite brilliant.

As always, Burdett provides social commentary on Western society through Sonchai's philosophizing. He discusses the role of the opium business in building the British empire,the economics of the illegal trafficking of human organs, and the materialism of the west.

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