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From the author of Bangkok 8 ("The wildest ride in modern crime novel exoticum" — James Ellroy), a head-spinning new novel that puts us back in the company of the inimitable Royal Thai Police detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep.

We return to District 8 — the underbelly of Bangkok's underworld — where a dramatically mutilated dead body is found. It's bad: he was CIA. It gets worse: the murderer appears to be Chanya — a tough/sweet working girl, one of the best at The Old Man's Club, jointly owned by Sonchai's mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn. Vikorn quickly concocts a cover-up that involves Al Qaeda and Thailand's porous southern border, where, since 9/11, the CIA has been an obviously covert presence. But the truth will be harder to come by, and it will require Sonchai to find at ever-more-delicate balance between his ambition and his Buddhism while running the gamut of Bangkok's drug dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, worse military, and the pit-falls of his own melting heart (Chanya!) — most of which he can handle. But even Sonchai is not prepared for what he discovers in the minds — and in the homes — of a certain group of men at the end of his investigation.

Piercingly smart and funny, densely atmospheric, and — as we already know to expert from John Burdett — with a surprise at every turn, Bangkok Tatto is sensational.

Review:

"In Burdett's brilliantly cynical mystery thriller, the follow-up to Bangkok 8 (2004), Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called in by his supervisor, hard-bitten Captain Vikorn, to investigate the murder of a CIA operative, Mitch Turner, found disemboweled and mutilated. The prime suspect is a beautiful bar girl, Chanya, with whom Sonchai believes himself to be in love. When Turner's murder turns out to be far more complicated than originally thought, Sonchai must deal with his boss's rages and Chanya's gradually revealed secrets, along with CIA agents who have come to investigate the crime, a Thai army general with whom Vikorn has been feuding for years, Yakuza gangsters, Japanese tattooists, Muslim fundamentalists and more. Thoroughly familiar with Thailand, Burdett does an impressive job of depicting an often romanticized society from the inside out. His characters are unforgettable, his dialogue fast-paced and perfectly pitched, his numerous asides and observations generally as cutting as they are funny. Agent, Jane Gelfman. 9-city author tour. (May 16)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Burdett] made that world so vivid and fascinating in Bangkok 8 that a sequel seemed risky — could he do it again, and create another plot as astounding as the one that drove the first book? He could, and in Bangkok Tattoo he has." St. Petersburg Times

Review:

"Open Bangkok Tattoo and you will read on and on, with wide-eyed fascination, some horror or disgust and considerable delight....By turns sordid, disorienting and, at its heart, accepting and good-natured about our flawed human condition, Bangkok Tattoo is as seductive as Chanya, Nat, Marly, Lalita or any of the other girls at The Old Man's Club. And that's saying something." Washington Post

Review:

"[An] outrageous yet bizarrely tender follow-up to Bangkok 8." Booklist

Review:

"An original, imaginative thriller....Burdett writes like a dark angel." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Mesmerizing: a comic tour of the underbelly of Bangkok in pursuit of both a murderer and the sublime." The New Yorker

About the Author

John Burdett is a nonpracticing lawyer who worked in Hong Kong for a British firm until he found his true vocation as a writer. Since then, he has lived in France and Spain and is now back in Hong Kong.

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Shoshana, June 17, 2008 (view all comments by Shoshana)
The second of Burdett's novels featuring Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. This adventure opens with the apparent murder of a john by a prostitute employed by Sonchai's mother. What the book does well is to illustrate the Buddhist principle that what we take as reality is illusory. As the narrative unfolds, the reader constructs and is forced to discard multiple hypotheses regarding the murder and subsequent events. The motif of tattoos, which are a representation of life and thus themselves illusions, lends itself nicely to this premise. What is less successful in this installment is the plot, which never quite gathered sufficient energy to compel me. Elements such as Sonchai's relationship with the CIA operative from Bangkok 8 are raised but then dropped. While this might reflect a perspective that all is transient and meaningless, I do not think this was the author's intention; it simply appears to be an error. In addition, many of the characters are emotionally more flat than in the first book. This decreases empathy. Though Sonchai is represented as a non-corrupt cop, his morality and decision-making strategies are not Western. Because the author has not maintained the reader's empathy with Sonchai, many of his actions seem decidedly corrupt (whereas in Bangkok 8 they made sense given what the reader learned of Sonchai's interior dialogue and perspective). In addition, many of Sonchai's asides to the reader (addressed, as in Bangkok 8, as "farang" throughout) seem hostile and contemptuous, a jarring tone at odds with Sonchai's character. Indeed, many of these asides, such as long screeds on how Thai women are not really oppressed by prostitution, seem to reflect the authorial voice, not Sonchai's. I'm willing to suspend both disbelief and my own values in service to reading fiction, but this blurring of voice repeatedly drew me out of the narrative and into a silent argument with Burdett, who is, it should be noted, also a farang.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032914
Subtitle:
A Royal Thai Detective Novel (2)
Author:
Burdett, John
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Prostitutes
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20060711
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.14x5.24x.69 in. .55 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Burdett's brilliantly cynical mystery thriller, the follow-up to Bangkok 8 (2004), Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called in by his supervisor, hard-bitten Captain Vikorn, to investigate the murder of a CIA operative, Mitch Turner, found disemboweled and mutilated. The prime suspect is a beautiful bar girl, Chanya, with whom Sonchai believes himself to be in love. When Turner's murder turns out to be far more complicated than originally thought, Sonchai must deal with his boss's rages and Chanya's gradually revealed secrets, along with CIA agents who have come to investigate the crime, a Thai army general with whom Vikorn has been feuding for years, Yakuza gangsters, Japanese tattooists, Muslim fundamentalists and more. Thoroughly familiar with Thailand, Burdett does an impressive job of depicting an often romanticized society from the inside out. His characters are unforgettable, his dialogue fast-paced and perfectly pitched, his numerous asides and observations generally as cutting as they are funny. Agent, Jane Gelfman. 9-city author tour. (May 16)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Burdett] made that world so vivid and fascinating in Bangkok 8 that a sequel seemed risky — could he do it again, and create another plot as astounding as the one that drove the first book? He could, and in Bangkok Tattoo he has."
"Review" by , "Open Bangkok Tattoo and you will read on and on, with wide-eyed fascination, some horror or disgust and considerable delight....By turns sordid, disorienting and, at its heart, accepting and good-natured about our flawed human condition, Bangkok Tattoo is as seductive as Chanya, Nat, Marly, Lalita or any of the other girls at The Old Man's Club. And that's saying something."
"Review" by , "[An] outrageous yet bizarrely tender follow-up to Bangkok 8."
"Review" by , "An original, imaginative thriller....Burdett writes like a dark angel."
"Review" by , "Mesmerizing: a comic tour of the underbelly of Bangkok in pursuit of both a murderer and the sublime."
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