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Publisher Comments:

Sonchai Jitpleecheep — the devout Buddhist Royal Thai Police detective who led us through the best sellers Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo — returns in this blistering new novel.

Sonchai has seen virtually everything on his beat in Bangkok's District 8, but nothing like the video he's just been sent anonymously: "Few crimes make us fear for the evolution of our species. I am watching one right now."

He's watching a snuff film. And the person dying before his disbelieving eyes is Damrong — a woman he once loved obsessively and, now it becomes clear, endlessly. And there is something more: something at the end of the film that leaves Sonchai both figuratively and literally haunted.

While his investigation will lead him through the office of the ever-scheming police captain, Vikorn ("Don't spoil a great case with too much perfectionism," he advises Sonchai); in and out of the influence of a perhaps psychotic wandering monk; and eventually into the gilded rooms of the most exclusive men's club in Bangkok (whose members will do anything to protect their identities, and to explore their most secret fantasies), it also leads him to his own simple bedroom where he sleeps next to his pregnant wife while his dreams deliver him up to Damrong...

Ferociously smart and funny, furiously fast-paced, and laced through with an erotic ghost story that gives a new dark twist to the life of our hero, Bangkok Haunts does exactly that from first page to last.

Review:

"On my third visit to Thailand in as many months this past winter, a Thai friend greeted me on the phone with the words, 'Ah, you've come back to paradise!' He was only half kidding. The famous Southeast Asian land of smiles and guiltless hedonism, as well as the most exquisite green curry on Earth, is truly enchanting for most of the 14 million-plus tourists who visit there each year. But too bad... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Burdett's spare storytelling style leaves readers fascinated." Library Journal

Review:

"[T]he genre's most intriguing sleuth." Booklist

Review:

"Who knew that Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo were just the warm-up acts? As vibrantly as those sizzling thrillers captured the exotic flavor of crime and corruption in Thailand's capital city, John Burdett's Bangkok Haunts opens up new avenues of awe." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

Review:

"The fun springs from the realization that Jitpleecheep...is as clueless as the reader. The ending defies logic or even premonition, and will stay with you long after you've forgotten how to spell our hero's name, illogic and all." Oregonian

Review:

"Burdett is equally good with male and female characters." Boston Globe

Review:

"[A] worthy entry in a series that invites readers to adjust their ideas of justice and sin." Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

John Burdett is the author of A Personal History of Thirst, The Last Six Million Seconds, Bangkok 8, and Bangkok Tattoo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307263186
Author:
Burdett, John
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Sex oriented businesses
Subject:
Thailand
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20070605
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.54x6.59x1.20 in. 1.39 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Knopf Publishing Group - English 9780307263186 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Burdett's spare storytelling style leaves readers fascinated."
"Review" by , "[T]he genre's most intriguing sleuth."
"Review" by , "Who knew that Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo were just the warm-up acts? As vibrantly as those sizzling thrillers captured the exotic flavor of crime and corruption in Thailand's capital city, John Burdett's Bangkok Haunts opens up new avenues of awe."
"Review" by , "The fun springs from the realization that Jitpleecheep...is as clueless as the reader. The ending defies logic or even premonition, and will stay with you long after you've forgotten how to spell our hero's name, illogic and all."
"Review" by , "Burdett is equally good with male and female characters."
"Review" by , "[A] worthy entry in a series that invites readers to adjust their ideas of justice and sin."
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