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Vulture Peak by John Burdett
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Mar 11, 2012

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In the fifth novel centered on Thai detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, Sonchai's extravagantly corrupt boss Col Vikorn is running for election as Governor of Bangkok (advised by a team of mercenary American political consultants) and has decided that to settle a score with an old enemy and get free time on CNN, Sonchai should investigate the black market organ trade. Shuttling from Bangkok to Dubai, Monte Carlo, Shanghai and Honk Kong with Vikorn's Black AmEx card, Sonchai encounters an even worse cadre of bizarre enemies than usual--murderous femme fatale Chinese twins, a manic-depressive Hong Kong cop, a henchman with a face transplant gone wrong and the Bank of China's urbane and ruthless fixer. After earnest Scandinavian procedurals set in societies that prioritize equality and justice, this series, in which it isn't so much WHO did it as who is unimportant enough to get caught and punished, offers a fascinating contrast.

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