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Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett
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Mar 25, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: detective
Read in March, 2010

Lurid, exotic, morally ambigious, brutal. I loved Detective SonchaiJitpleecheep as he investigates a killing in Bangkoks red light district which concerns the brothel that his mother and his police chief boss jointly own. I was happily transported to a different world, Bangkok's sex trade, lucious cruel and curiously matter of fact. My Western middle class guilt was piqued by the way Sonchai addresses the reader as farang and reviles us for our sallow confused and greedy values, but its interesting how at the same time the book shows how universal these values really are. And Wow Police Colonel Vikron. What a creation!

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