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: Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel (1) (): John Burdett: Books. A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities. Witnessed by a throng of.

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Sep burdet, Naeem rated it really liked it Shelves: Sonchai is an unusual character on several levels, from the mysteries of his violent past to his conversations with the ghost of Pichai.

Bangkok Eight (Sonchai Jitpleecheep, book 1) by John Burdett

Dec 23, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: Bangkok 8 Lib CD Author s: His commentary on cultural encounter is precise and makes me stop to think. The murder mystery genre is not one that I usually enjoy, but I couldn’t resist the setting–Thailand. I am bjrdett fascinated by Buddhism and therefore also intrigued by the possibility of previous lives, but one has to draw a distinction between Buddhist doctrine and the way it is popularly interpreted in a country like Thailand which still has a pre-Buddhist tradition of Hinduism and animism India was very influential in the region in the past and is said to have first introduced prostitution to Thailand in 17th century— and that the Thais took to it like ducks to water.

I also adore reading about birdett cultures where you are so enmeshed that it feels a little like culture shock when you turn the page I am so thoroughly amazed at this book.

It takes you into another world and exposes you to different ways of thinking. This is the seamier side of Bangkok and we are invited to witness that, police corruption which may be somewhat exaggeratedand poverty.

The things that happen are cliche bbangkok exaggerated the way a bad action movie would be.

Bangkok 8 by John Burdett | : Books

Knopf may be taking a bit of a gamble on this genre-bending effort—a ,copy first printing is planned—but strong reviews and a flashy jacket should help get sales off to a good start. Burdett is very crafty in choosing the surname “Chit-plee-cheap” as it means “the mind that can sacrifice his own life. Lo and behold, the local library had a copy. More By and About This Author.


This book was not what I expected. Their reliably obtuse and unequivocally crooked boss, Colonel Vikorn, explains some of it, but the most telling questions remain unanswered: The main character is what I call a “mixo” — thai mother, african-american father. Below is the explaintaion from my immediate knowledge of my own culture and religious, which is intended to be clear of any patriotic or egocentric comments. In the note, Burdett explains that “Bangkok is one of the world’s great cities, all of which own red-light districts that find their way into the pages of novels from time to time.

Jan 27, Alondra rated it really liked it Shelves: Renton suggests that the industry generates two sets of fantasies: Again, despite its book jacket flaunting that Burdett lives in Asia, he and his editors seem to have at best, a tourist’s understanding.


Compact Disc – The issue of “the bar-girl in Thai literature” cropped up at a dinner party in Bangkok earlier this year. The way the characters always mention how Thai they are or how Thai they think. It really is a Japansese community. Below is the explaintaion Pretentious. If you’re looking for engaging fiction that treats cultural nuance with reverence instead of disdain, Japantown comes to mind even with some of its sillier ninja conceits.

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Different from anything I’ve read in crime fiction. In strict Buddhist doctrine there is no reincarnation which implies a soul migrating from one body to another, but simply a kind of continuum caused by karma, usually referred to as re-birth.

Burdett burxett Sonchai travels from seedy nightclub, to seedy massage parlor, to penthouse brothels and whatever else pontificating about sex and prostitution while warding off Jones who just can’t seem to help herself.


The setting and plot are set within th The novel Platform got me interested in the cultural political economy of sexual tourism, sexual encounter, and the sex service industry. Bangkok 8 Author s: Jun 04, Mike Rasbury rated it it was ok Shelves: A protagonist with so much contradictions in himself?

Bangkok Eight

Thailand was the only place to really relax and I went about four times a year for most of those twelve years. He is a contradiction in every sense as first delivered to us: It was like Hindu science fiction.

With my deepest sincerity. View Full Version of PW. I don’t understand this one bit even though Burdett claims that only illogical Thais like me can understand the phenomena If she’s not dead yet, how can she, who should be in a spirit form, possess Warren? I’m well aware that certain family names in Thailand have their significances, for examples, those noble families whose surnames were given by the King or the member of the royal family.

For the first time in my life, I was praying for my flight to go into a holding pattern, I could not wait to find out what happened. Clearly, he’s a complex guy.

This brdett around I listened to Bangkok 8 and the narrator, Paul Boehmer, was outstanding. They walk around the city to get evidence and see lots of prostitutes. I think the cover of this edition burdet it justice, as the night life of Bangkok has a decided influence.

The setting and plot are set within the sex industry. There is bkrdett plot to satisfy those who need it – though no car chases. He wouldn’t be hanging around playing homeless spirit. Which writers do you most admire? With Sonchai on this case is the young female inspector Krom.