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In surreal Bangkok, city of temples and brothels, where Buddhist monks in saffron robes walk the same streets as world-class gangsters, a US marine sergeant is killed inside a locked Mercedes by a maddened python and a swarm of cobras. Two policeman - the only two in the city not on the take - arrive too late. Minutes later, only one is alive.

The cop left standing, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, is a devout Buddhist and swears to avenge the death of his partner and soul brother. To do so he mush use the forensic techniques of modern policing and his own progound understanding of the mystical workings of the spirit world. Both will be vital as he immerses himself in the moneyed underbelly of Bangkok - where desire rules and where he will eventually find the killer, a predator of an even more sinisher variety...

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?The wildest ride in modern crime novel exoticum. A novel so steeped in milieu that it feels as if you?ve blasted to Mars in the grip of a demon who won?t let you go. Read this book, savor the language — it?s the last — and the most compelling word in thrillers.? James Ellroy

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"A stunning thriller! Bangkok 8 is suspense at its best: a masterfully written tale set in a world that's perfectly evoked and populated with compelling, flesh-and-blood characters." Jeffery Deaver, author of The Stone Monkey

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"Burdett evokes an intriguing and exotic Bangkok where hungry ghosts and capitalists throng the busy intersection of the eightfold path and the red-light district....The pace never flags, every page unfolding fresh mysteries of the psychological, cultural, metaphysical, and locked-room varieties." Library Journal

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Hailed by Carl Hiassen, Jeffrey Deaver and James Ellroy as 'suspense at its best; the wildest ride in modern crime exoticum; the last and most compelling word in thrillers.'.

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Edward Hahn, August 1, 2015 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
I've read most of Burdette's output but somehow missed his first novel, "Bangkok 8". It was a great read. I enjoyed it even more because of all the time I've spent in Bangkok. It was like reading a novel set in San Francisco, Portland or Hong KOng.

Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a half Thai, half American Bangkok detective, watches his partner and soul brother, Pichai, die when the two of them open the door of a Mercedes in which a Marine sergeant has been killed by drug maddened cobras and a hungry python and Pichai is bitten in the eye by one of the cobras. Jitpleecheep swears to avenge Pichai's death but the deeper he gets into the case the more complicated it becomes until both Jitpleecheep and the reader are confused as to who is really ultimately responsible for both Pichai's and the Sergeant's murder.

As the story unfolds, Burdett introduces us to his version of how Bangkok works, particularly police corruption and the prostitution industry. We are also given an introduction to Bhuddist philosophy as practiced by Jitpleecheep. We also learn the back-story of Jitpleecheep's life and his relationship to his courtesan mother and her lovers as well as his boss, Colonel Vikorn, a character if there ever was one.

The plot kept me guessing throughout the book. It's forays into the transgender society, half breed treatment by Thais, the meth trade or "Yaa Baa" as the Thai's call it, the Chiu Chow Chinese influence, and other less obvious byways, kept me from becoming totally depressed as Jitpleecheep pursued his vengeance.

I highly recommend, not just "Bangkok 8", but all the Sonchai Jitpleecheep series.

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S Cohn, January 12, 2008 (view all comments by S Cohn)
First the caveats, which are minor: the jacket photo of the author gets the "Sebastian-Junger-school" award. Second, I'm not so sure that Buddhist talk anymore about their faith in the day to day than people of other faiths in other countries, but these characters are drenched in the thoughts, esp. the karma/reincarnation aspect of the faith. That's part of the appeal: western mystery meets Asian/Buddhist ambiguity.
Having said that, I find this novel to be really, really fresh--like the Patricia Cornwell novels before forensic doctor-detectives started taking over popular culture. Other reviews capture the plot; I'd claim that the tone, the swept-up feeling of reading, and wondering "what's next?" I haven't experienced in a mystery in a long time.

I'm not sure the author wrote himself into a position of being able to bring back Sonchai for another book/appearance: he seems to have lost his way, the integrity that put him against the system, by the end. Or has he? The end of this mystery is kind of a mystery itself.

I read voraciously in many genres and always have in mind what I've found to be the strongest of the particular season--this novel is one of those you put in other's hands!! I would also highly recommend reading Tino Georgiou's bestselling novel--The Fates--if you haven't yet!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780552771405
Author:
Burdett, John
Publisher:
TRANSWORLD PUBLISHERS LTD
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Edition Description:
NEW ED
Publication Date:
20040802
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Pages:
432

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Product details 432 pages PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE - English 9780552771405 Reviews:
"Review" by , ?The wildest ride in modern crime novel exoticum. A novel so steeped in milieu that it feels as if you?ve blasted to Mars in the grip of a demon who won?t let you go. Read this book, savor the language — it?s the last — and the most compelling word in thrillers.?
"Review" by , "A stunning thriller! Bangkok 8 is suspense at its best: a masterfully written tale set in a world that's perfectly evoked and populated with compelling, flesh-and-blood characters."
"Review" by , "Burdett evokes an intriguing and exotic Bangkok where hungry ghosts and capitalists throng the busy intersection of the eightfold path and the red-light district....The pace never flags, every page unfolding fresh mysteries of the psychological, cultural, metaphysical, and locked-room varieties."
"Synopsis" by , Hailed by Carl Hiassen, Jeffrey Deaver and James Ellroy as 'suspense at its best; the wildest ride in modern crime exoticum; the last and most compelling word in thrillers.'.
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