Canadian Christopher G. Moore is the creator of the award-winning Vincent Calvino Private Eye series and the author of the Land of Smiles Trilogy. In his former life, he studied at Oxford University and taught law at the University of British Columbia. He wrote radio plays for the CBC and NHK before his first novel was published in New York in 1985, when he promptly left his tenured academic job for an uncertain writing career, leaving his colleagues thinking he was not quite right in the head. His journey from Canada to Thailand, his adopted home, included some time in Japan in the early 1980s and four years in New York in the 1980s. In 1988, he came to Thailand to harvest materials to write a book. The visit was meant to be temporary. Twenty-six years on and 25 novels, three anthologies, and six non-fiction titles. There are fifteen novels in the Vincent Calvino series. He lives Bangkok. His novels have so far been translated into Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Russian and Turkish. He is published by Heaven Lake Press in Thailand. Four of the Vincent Calvino titles: Spirit House, Asia Hand, The Risk of Infidelity Index, and Paying Back Jack were published by Grove/Atlantic in the United States, and Atlantic Books in the United Kingdom. His Vincent Calvino series has been optioned for a feature film.
Comfort Zoneby Christopher G. Moore
Twenty years after the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnam is opening to the outside world. There is a smell of fast money in the air and poverty in the streets. Business is booming and in austere Ho Chi Minh City a new generation of foreigners have arrived to make money and not war. Against the backdrop of Vietnam’s economic miracle, Comfort Zone reveals a a
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Twenty years after the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnam is opening to the outside world. There is a smell of fast money in the air and poverty in the streets. Business is booming and in austere Ho Chi Minh City a new generation of foreigners have arrived to make money and not war. Against the backdrop of Vietnam’s economic miracle, Comfort Zone reveals a a divided people still not reconciled with their past and unsure of their future.
Calvino is hired by an ex-special forces vet, whose younger brother uncovers corruption and fraud in the emerging business world in which his clients are dealing. But before Calvino even leaves Bangkok, there have already been two murders, one in Saigon and one in Bangkok.
“Moore hits home with more of everything in Comfort Zone. There is a balanced mix of story-line, narrative, wisdom, knowledge as well as love, sex, and murder.”
“In a murder mystery with a plot that is better executed than any Central Intelligence Agency black bag operation, the Bangkok expatriate crowd have moved to boomtown Saigon. Like a Japanese gardener who captures the land and the sky and recreates it in the backyard, Moore’s genius is in portraying the Southeast Asian heartscape behind the tourist industry hotel gloss.”
—The Daily Yomiuri
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Calvino Goes To Modern Saigon. That would be the easiest way to describe what I still think of as being one of Chris' best Vincent Calvino novels. Granted, it was written and sold in the mid-1990s but no matter how often I re-read this incredible story, the Saigon that Calvino and his best friend Lt. Col. Pratt encounter is strikingly very much like the Saigon I myself experienced in 2008/2009 and last July in 2012. Any reader who's read other Calvino tales know that the tough-yet-lovable PI originally from New York City somehow manages to hold his own in Bangkok when the You-Know-What hits Ye Olde Ceiling Fan so it's no surprise that even though Saigon IS a great deal different from Bangkok, it's close enough for an expat like Vinnie to get by. It likewise shows that Chris has gotten to know the former capital of the Republic of Vietnam as well as he does his second home of Krung Thep (Bangkok). Go with Calvino and Pratt to Saigon and have as entertaining and as educational time there as you often do as Vinnie solves the latest mess along Sukhumvit when neon, greed and dishonesty are all turned on at full capacity in the City of Questionable Angels.