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Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett
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Jan 13, 10

bookshelves: asia, fiction, thriller-mystery
Recommended for: well, I wouldn't really recommend it.
Read in October, 2009

Trash. Obviously. Yet I read it with gusto. Like I had read Burdett's two previous books about the unlikely Bangkok detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, presumably the only non-corrupt cop, who navigates the treacherous world of prostitution, murder and power in the City of Angels. The protagonist is hardly credible and his (or Burdett's) 'Buddhist' philosophy is highly annoying. But he does make some sweet points criticizing the West (and especially America) for its materialism, linear thinking and gender relations gone wrong. There is also an increasing amount of magic and mysticism that one needs to get used to. But Burdett writes a yarn that, with its fast pace, graphic sex and violence, pulls the reader along. And then there's Bangkok--and Isaan and Cambodia--where the action takes place. But I won't be tempted to reading the next one in the series that surely must be in the works. Unless I'm at an airport ahead of a long flight and I notice it while browsing in the bookstores.

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