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Bangkok Haunts (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series #3)

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  • Posted March 12, 2010

    Love this third installment of John Burdette series...

    about Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police Force and the corruption and the wheeling and dealing involved in the everyday lives of the citizens of not just Bangkok, but all of Thailand. His writing style incorporates so much of the inner workings and religious aspects of Thailand, not too mention the main case (usually horrible murder or murders) keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering whodunit. He also has a wonderful way of interjecting the personal lives of the main characters, so you can really get wrapped up with everything that is being written. Have read the entire series and wait impatiently for more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Not as good as the first but good

    A little light on action and sometimes a bit matter of fact with the details or descriptions. But, still has me looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    Interesting/ some porno

    Interesting descriptions of the porno industry, but a better dectitive story and less porno would improve Mr. Burdett books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    Good Mystery

    Book 3 in the Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep series

    This series brings a totally different perspective into the art of writing murder mysteries. It not only combines wit and humour, it also exposes us to a world choreographed by deviant players. The tale is told from Detective Sonchai Jitpleechhep's point of view as he guides us through Bangkok's dark side.

    This fast-paced and captivating story has Sonchai and FBI agent Kimberley Jones reviewing a DVD that has surfaced from an anonymous source. It is a snuff movie featuring Damrong, Sonchai's ex-lover and high-class prostitute at "The Old Men's Club". Damrong was a crafty and cunning beauty who skilfully used her assets to obtain money and favours from her high profile clientele, leaving in her wake a string of men, some heartbroken and bitter.

    Deep into the investigation, Sonchai, his (transsexual) assistant Lek and the FBI realize there is big money in this type of movie and this undoubtedly attracts corrupt and sometimes influential people. When Colonel Vokorn, the opportunistic and shrewd superior of Sonchai, learns of the details he sees his chance to supplement his personal wealth leaving Sonchai caught between his conscience and his boss's wishes.....

    The intensity of the story is magnified with an erotic ghost story. Sonchai not only works the case by day but he is haunted by the ghost of Damrong who visits him in so real erotic dreams by night. Ghosts, reincarnation and superstition is a wide spread belief, part of the Thai culture and an important facet of the story and Sonchai's psyche. The supernatural vibe that emanates from Bangkok is witness through Sonchai's exploits in a narration that is entertaining, straightforward and streamlined.

    The storyline has an abundance of humour and it particularly shines when Sonchai possessed by the ghost of Damrong needs help to erase her hold on him. The final act brings him to Isaan and Cambodia where he will learn unnerving details about her life and learn to deal with her death..... This novel has great characterization, heavy on passion, lust and sex that are treated in an exciting but tasteful manner.

    "Bangkok Haunts" is on many levels a far more mesmerizing and tantalizing novel than the previous. I enjoyed this one much more than the last and I am looking forward to the sequel.

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  • Posted July 8, 2009

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    another gripping tale of detective Jitplecheep.

    I would rate this on par with Bangkok 8, original, fascinating and a compelling good read. I was slightly disappointed by Bangkok Tatoo but that was not a problem with this latest tale of the most honest detective in Thailand.
    I was totally absorbed by the detail and background of life and culture that infused this story. Burdett has a way making you feel like you are there experiencing Bangkok for yourself.
    Jitplecheep is one of the most interesting characters ever. I find myself constantly rooting for him, not only to solve his case but to successfully deal with his inevitable moral dilemmas.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Bangkok District 8 police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep shows his FBI friend Kimberley Jones a nasty snuff film that stars the killing of his former lover Damrong, whom he never stopped loving. The Thai cop and the American agent agree to investigate the homicide. ------------- They start with the victim¿s residence and should continue with her family, but Jitpleecheep delays that for personal reasons. Instead they visit Damrong¿s former husband Baker, an English teacher living in Thailand he is hostile by the mention of his ex-wife who he insist caused him all sorts of problems when they lived in Florida. The investigation takes the two sleuths to the Parthenon¿s exclusive men's club, but seems to be going nowhere in spite of nocturnal visits by Damrong¿s lusty ghost to Jitpleecheep. He struggles with his feelings while he lives with Chanya, who is carrying his child, and with his interfering dishonest boss Colonel Vikorn, who orders Jitpleecheep not to let a homicide investigation get in the way of his prime assignment, establishing a pornographic movie business. -------------- The third Bangkok police procedural (see BANGKOK 8 AND BANGKOK TATTOO) is an excellent mystery that also provides insight into Buddhism, the Thai culture, and its bureaucracy. Obviously the entertaining story line is owned by Jitpleecheep, but the support cast brings him and his surroundings to life. He struggles with his desire for Damong¿s ghost and his feelings for Kim while living with Chanya he struggles at work with a boss who has recently become a big supporter of globalization especially the capitalist¿s creed of easily making money regardless of legality and ethics. Even his assistant serves more as a chaperone than a cop. John Burdett provides his audience with a great Thai whodunit.---------- Harriet Klausner

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