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Bangkok is one of the great cities in the world, but unlike other great metropolises it has no noir tales to its name. Bangkok Noir puts that to right.
In this first ever noir anthology of Bangkok, twelve seasoned and internationally known—Thai and Western—writers have come together to make a powerful collection of crime fiction short stories that portray the dark side of t
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Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published March 17th 2011 by Heaven Lake Press
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Yann
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I wanted to read stories set in Bangkok on my way there for a business meeting. Having never been to Thailand I was looking forward to a little taste of the Thai culture, and the heartbeat of the capital. "Bangkok Noir" seemed like a good choice.

Unfortunately most of the stories in this collection were uninspiring.
Only two stories did appeal to me:
- The Sword, by Vasit Dejkunjorn, is a very short story about police corruption.
- The lunch that got away, by Eric Stone, about helping a street vendo
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Milly Cent
May 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-books
If I could unread the train wreck that is this book, I would do so in a heartbeat...
Vimal Thiagarajan
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nice collection of Noir stories from famous authors, and most of the stories were good
Maria Gubini
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: orient
Last story is the best one. The title is "Hot enough to kill". It compressed everything, all of the main modern issues - westernization, moral depravity, faux values, aspiration for so-called "democrazy". I especially enjoyed the comparison of a shopping mall and a temple, pointing out that mall is bigger. What a symbol, eh? ...more
Wyckliffe Howland
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Engaging selection of stories from a diverse group of writers, incl. Timothy Hallinan. Recommend!
Patrick McCoy
Bangkok Noir (2011) was the first of this series of hard-boiled stories set in a particular location. But for some reason I had started withe the second volume set in Phnom Penh, which includes many of the same author from this initial volume. It was uneven, but generally speaking I enjoyed most of them. Some of the standouts for me were: "Gone East"-Johne Burdett, "Inspector Zang and the Dead"-Stephen Leather, "The MIstress Wants Her Freedom"-Tew Bunnag, "Hansum Man"-Timothy Hallman, "Death of ...more
Kathy Chung
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I find that the stories in here are "aloof" . Not engaging enough for me. ...more
Andrew
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite an enjoyable collection of short stories, except for one howler (who edits the editor?). Some of my favourite crime authors are in here writing about one of my favourite cities and there are a couple of stories which make me want to check out the rest of the writers work. If you have been to Bangkok, you'll appreciate the descriptions here and funnily enough the common thread in most of the stories is police corruption. Who would of guessed? ...more
Chris Wharton
Short stories across the range of evils associated with Bangkok – corruption, greed, sex trade, drugs, violence, etc. Gangsters, hit men, businessmen, police, politicians, prostitutes, mistresses, etc., abound.
Mark
Aug 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of stories, including ones by Colin Cotterill and John Burdett. I am not normally a fan of short stories, nor have I read much "noir" fiction. I would classify this as a nice diversion - but not much more. ...more
Tinman
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Enjoyable collection of short stories. Held my attention. Most have a welcome twist in the tale. Cool to read about Bangkok noire. Tinman
Suradech Chotiudompant
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clearly A good selection of short stories, this book features different takes on the underworld of the City of Angels from veteran writers.
Dalena
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very interesting collection of stories written by different authors from all over the world. Weird, believable, unbelievable. If you have any interest in Bangkok as a city this is a good read.
Marley
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was a nice range of western and Thai writers and I enjoyed some of the darker stories.
Desiree
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Mooie bundel met verhalen waarin vooral de zelfkant van Bangkok naar voren komt.
Aggie
Sep 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok anthology. Most stories were average or below, with one or two that I would consider quality tales.
Maribeth
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of these stories are very dark (hence the 'Noir' in the title) but they all have a beauty to them. Really excellent writers (including a current favorite of mine: Colin Cotterill). ...more
Tony
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book, as well as Phnom Penh Noir. It wasn't as disturbing as Phnom Penh Noir. There were some humourous moments in Bangkok Noir, something that didn't occur in the Phnom Penh version. ...more
Mark
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
A very nice collection of Noir stories. I shall have to check out novels by some of the authors.
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Christopher G. Moore is a Canadian author who has lived in Thailand since 1988. Formerly a law professor at the University of British Columbia and a practicing lawyer, Moore has become a public figure in Southeast Asia, known for his novels and essays that have captured the spirit and social transformation of Southeast Asia over the past three decades.

Moore has written over 30 fiction and non-fic
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