Missing in Rangoon

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As foreigners rush into Myanmar with briefcases stuffed with plans and cash for hotels, shopping malls and high rises, they discover the old ways die hard. Vincent Calvino's case is to find a young British-Thai man gone missing in Myanmar, while his best friend and protector Colonel Pratt of the Royal Thai Police has an order to cut off the supply of cold pills from Myanmar used for the methamphetamine trade in Thailand.

As one of the most noir novels in the Vincent Calvino ...

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As foreigners rush into Myanmar with briefcases stuffed with plans and cash for hotels, shopping malls and high rises, they discover the old ways die hard. Vincent Calvino's case is to find a young British-Thai man gone missing in Myanmar, while his best friend and protector Colonel Pratt of the Royal Thai Police has an order to cut off the supply of cold pills from Myanmar used for the methamphetamine trade in Thailand.

As one of the most noir novels in the Vincent Calvino series, Missing in Rangoon plays out beneath the moving shadows of the cross-border drug barons. Pratt and Calvino's lives are entangled with the invisible forces inside the old regime and their allies who continue to play by their own set of rules.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9786167503172
  • Publisher: Asia Document Bureau Ltd.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,256,510
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher G. Moore
Christopher G. Moore is a Canadian writer who once taught law at the University of British Columbia. After his first book His Lordship’s Arsenal was published in New York to a critical acclaim in 1985, Moore became a full-time writer and has so far written 22 novels, a non-fiction and one collection of inter-locked short stories.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    The best Christopher G. Moore novel I have ever read - and one o

    The best Christopher G. Moore novel I have ever read - and one of the best hard boiled crime novels in general and Bangkok based noir crime novels in particular that I have read in the past three years. It is #13 in the Vincent Calvino crime series, featuring former American lawyer Vinny Calvino, turned Bangkok P.I. This tale takes Calvino and his longtime best friend and protector, Bangkok saxaphone playing Police Colonel Prat to Burma/Myanmar in a combination missing person case and amphetamine drug smuggling investigation. Superb writing from beginning to middle to end with a perfect balance of dialogue and descriptive narrative in the Moore psychoanalytic/literary/existentialist style. It features characters such as a sultry singer nicknamed Black Cat, a Burmese private investigator who doubles as an astrologer, lottery ticket sellers, dream tellers, nightmare makers, an obstinate newspaper publisher, a big-time Thai / Burmese drug lord family feud and my personal favorite, Alan Osborne the father of the son who has gone missing in Rangoon. Settings include a Five Star Hotel with balcony view of the Shwedegon Pogoda, a 1 star flop house, jazz clubs in Rangoon and Bangkok and the real village people of Myanmar. Most readers of Bangkok based crime fiction would agree that the three most read protagonists would be Moore's, VINCENT CALVINO, John Burdett's, SONCHAI JETTLECHEEP and Timothy Hallinan's POKE RAFFERTY series. If you are not familiar with any of these authors do yourself a favor and read all three. If you are familiar with them you will understand when I say, MISSING IN RANGOON is to Moore as BANGKOK 8 is to Burdett and QUEEN OF PATPONG is to Hallinan. At a time when Burma/Myanmar is opening up, (President Obama was just there - Jason Mraz will play there soon) it is a perfect way to learn about Burma's colorful real-life history while being entertained by a well crafted, believable crime story with details you won't get in your morning newspaper. If you've read Moore before this is an easy call to make. If you never have, start with this one. A really fun read on a number of levels.

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