: 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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So, to, are drugs and drug trafficking. Books on Tape Availability: The novels involve Thailand’s sex industry and the red-light districts of Bangkok.

Book Review – Bangkok 8 by John Burdett

Buy the Audiobook Download: I took frequent stops, to 88 how a once-alien point-of-view had just been ingested as clear common sense. It does start off pretty well, or in an engaging manner, at least. If I’m not careful they hire the girls, then fine me the price of the girl—for trafficking in women—less ten percent for my expenses.

There are a few Thai words thrown in here and there also. 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. Think of Bangkok 8 as a destination spot for any reader with a taste for the exotic and desire for a really good time. Despite an anti-climactic last chapter, the novel’s structure is solid. The price was right!

He’s not an anti-hero, he’s just a self-obsessed low-lifer, regardless of whatever spiritual trappings the dime-store novel level author attempts to clothe him in. This time around I listened to Bangkok 8 and the narrator, Paul Boehmer, was outstanding. It really got repetitive. Searching for the answers to these questions, Sonchai and Krom find themselves in a remote Cambodian jungle compound for aging American ex-soldiers, where they will discover just how far a government will go to protect its worst secrets—both past and present.


Bangkok 8 starts with a bang—pun not intended—and very much grinds johb a whimper. More By and About This Author. This reveals a colorful world of jojn decadence, business-oriented prostitutes, corrupt cops, spicy food, Buddhism, hospitals specializing in transsexual operations, the jade trade, and some of the more fascinating facets of Thai culture.

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I was raised and educated in a very Westernized society after all. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that Bangkok had the greater allure and as soon as I decided to write about Bangkok I realized that the bangkol industry possessed that combination of intrigue, human interest and inversion of values vangkok make a novel worth reading. Many popular shamanistic superstitions that have carried over into Buddhism in Thailand are explored. Also each event in the book follows this pattern: In other projects Wikiquote.

And he pushes her to finally reveal the identity of his father.

BANGKOK 8 by John Burdett | Kirkus Reviews

The situations are pretty raw but seem to portray real life in the sex-oriented tourist areas of Thailand. Paperbackpages. The detective investigating is a half-Thai, half-farang American son of a prostitute who spent his formative years in a Buddhist monastery.

View all 4 comments. 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. So, what is next for you?


The former monk and devout Buddhist, forever johm to protect his karma from the assaults of morally compromising cases, is now faced with the most horrifying technological innovation to make its way to the streets of Bangkok, and a conspiracy of burxett unfathomable reach. Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz.

So how is it that a supposedly honest cop, who punctuates his meditation sessions with marijuana, peddles in flesh and pornography, and barely goes through the motions of his police duties when not running his mother’s brothel, is supposed to be a spiritualist? Apparently in Thailand, there are three professions: The author knows the region like the back of his hand and has a quite extraordinary imagination.

Burdett invites readers rarely into an explanation of past lives and ghosts that Sonchai is aware of.

Stating the obvious

Inspired by Your Browsing History. Through the mouth of his protagonist, Burdett expresses pretentious opinions and thoughts you’re more likely to find in a pub in Liverpool than on the streets of Bangkok. Completely different style but every bit as engaging. I thought the murderer was obvious pretty early on, so I probably would not have kept reading except that this was a bookclub selection.

Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Buurdett 27, Alondra rated it really liked it Shelves: Sonchai has spent much of his childhood in Europe and the U.

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