Synopses & Reviews
"First published in 1993 in Thailand in a small English-language edition, Moore's stylish second Bangkok thriller featuring disbarred American lawyer Vincent Calvino (after Spirit House) finds Calvino and his best friend, Col. Prachai 'Pratt' Chongwatana of the Thai police, investigating the death of U.S. ex-pat Jerry Hutton, a freelance cameraman. Hutton drowned in a lake while wearing 'a necklace of small wooden penises,' amulets worn by upcountry farmers, not foreigners. Was it an accident, suicide, or murder? The trail leads to a mysterious American colonel involved with a movie being filmed in Bangkok, Lucky Charms, whose purpose has more to do with spies and murder than entertainment. Calvino and Pratt quote a lot of Shakespeare as the author explores the dark side of both Bangkok and the human heart. Felicitous prose speeds the action along, as in this snapshot of a Thai bar girl: 'Her meter had clocked more than a few miles; but she was still roadworthy as she turned the last corner on her thirties'). (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Calvino is at once in the finest tradition of the lone private detective and a complete original.
” Matt Benyon Rees, author of The Samaritans Secret
Calvino is a worthy successor to Raymond Chandlers Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillanes Mike Hammer.” The Nation (Bangkok)
The top foreign author focusing on the Land of Smiles, Christopher G. Moore clearly has a firsthand understanding of the expat milieu. . . . Moore is perspicacious.” Bangkok Post
Vincent Calvino [is] Bangkoks most newsworthy private eye.
[Asia Hand is] dankly atmospheric.” Kirkus Reviews
"Underneath Bangkok society is a deeply encrusted demiworld of hope, despair, corruption, and courage that Moore, an American-born writer who has lived there for almost twenty years, paints with maestrolike Dickensian strokes." Tom Plate, The Seattle Times
"Moore's flashy style successfully captures the dizzying contradictions of this vertiginous landscape."Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
- Christopher G. Moore won the Deutscher Krimi Preis, the most prestigious award for crime fiction in German, and the Semana Negra Award in Spain
- Christopher G. Moore is well regarded within the mystery and thriller community, and has appeared at Bouchercon
The body an American acquaintance of Calvino's is fished out of the lake in Lumpini Park. Around his neck is a string of wooden amulets, the kind upcountry Thais wear to protect themselves from evil spirits. Only, rather than saving the man, these have killed him.
Christopher G. Moores prize-winning series of Bangkok thrillers featuring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer turned PI, have been praised for their captivating plots, engaging characters, and insight into the steamy Thai capital. In Asia Hand
, the second novel in the series, Bangkok is celebrating Chinese New Year when Calvinos revels are cut short. The body of an American, an acquaintance of Calvinos, has been fished out of the lake in Lumpini Park. Around his neck are a string of wooden amulets, the kind upcountry Thais wear to protect themselves from evil spirits. Only rather than saving Hutton, these have killed him.
A freelance cameraman scraping by on the margins, Hutton had photographed something shortly before his death that he thought would make his career. Now the footagea shocking execution on the Thai/Burmese borderis running repeatedly on CNN, and the rights to Huttons life story have been sold to a Hollywood producer. But who killed Hutton and why? When Calvino investigates, he collides with a powerful filmmaker and an experienced old Asia hand who knows the terrain as well as our man in Bangkok. Its all Calvino can do to stay alive, and find out who killed his fellow American.