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Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett
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Aug 25, 2007

it was amazing
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Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a detective with the Royal Thai Police force. He receives a disturbing DVD with a clip showing the death of a woman he once loved. He must unravel a complex conspiracy to get to the bottom of the crime. That thumbnail synopsis really can’t do justice to the depth of this story. Burdett's series with the Buddhist Thai detective has grown into one of the most original and distinctive in all of crime fiction. This book though, is a huge leap forward combining mysticism, sexual politics, and the complex culture of the Thai people in a fantastic novel. The exploration of the cultural clash between the east and west is fascinating and Burdett’s characters are genuine and full-bodied. Very highly recommended.

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