Paying Back Jack (Vincent Calvino Series #10)

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Christopher G. Moore’s prize-winning series of crime novels set in Bangkok has been translated into eleven languages and critically acclaimed around the world. Featuring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in the dangerous and steamy Thai capital, the books offer gripping plots, fascinating characters, and unparalleled insight into one of the world’s most entrancing cities.

In Paying Back Jack, Calvino agrees to follow the “minor wife” of a Thai ...

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Christopher G. Moore’s prize-winning series of crime novels set in Bangkok has been translated into eleven languages and critically acclaimed around the world. Featuring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in the dangerous and steamy Thai capital, the books offer gripping plots, fascinating characters, and unparalleled insight into one of the world’s most entrancing cities.

In Paying Back Jack, Calvino agrees to follow the “minor wife” of a Thai politician and report on her movements. His client is Rick Casey, a shady American whose life has been darkened by the unsolved murder of his idealistic son. But what seems to be a simple surveillance job pulls Calvino into a quest for revenge, as well as a perilous web of political allegiance. Calvino narrowly escapes an attempt on his life and then avoids being framed for a murder only through the calculated lever-pulling of his best friend, Thai police colonel, Pratt. But unknown to our man in Bangkok, in an anonymous apartment tower in the center of the city, a two-man sniper team awaits its shot, a shot that will change everything. Paying Back Jack is classic Christopher G. Moore: densely-woven, eye-opening, and riveting.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bangkok, the city where Vincent Calvino ekes out a living, teems with all sorts of characters, as shown in Moore's sprawling 10th thriller to feature the disbarred American lawyer turned PI (after The Risk of Infidelity Index). Calvino foils an assassination attempt on an important new client, General Yosaporn; makes a deadly enemy of Thai businessman Apichart; watches a woman fall to her death past his hotel window; tails the “mia noi” (minor wife) of political candidate Somporn; and repeatedly crosses paths with two professional killers. He also helps a female Spanish U.N. worker, for whom he falls, rescue a young girl about to be sold for sex. In the process of tying a bunch of elaborate plot knots with these diverse strands, Moore reveals the seething stew of wealth, corruption, cultural clashes, poverty and lust that is modern Bangkok. While some readers might wish for a glossary of the many Thai terms, all will appreciate the raw passion that drives the action. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Vincent Calvino, an American PI in Bangkok, sees a naked Thai woman fall past his high-rise balcony to her death. Obsessed with discovering who she was and why she fell, he also finds himself tailing the minor wife of a powerful would-be politician, crossing paths with two American military contractor/hit men, and trying to stay ahead of his employer, another shady contractor. His best friend, a Thai policeman, is investigating these matters, but Vinny works better alone. The threads of sniper teams, secret prisons, drug dealings, child prostitution, and crooked politicians somehow come together in this tenth entry in the Calvino series (after The Risk of Infidelity Index). Vinny moves through Thai and Chinese customs and beliefs with a mixture of knowledge and bafflement, giving us a vivid sense of place yet often knowing no more than we do about what really is going on. VERDICT As in John Burdett's thrillers, the city of Bangkok, with its chaos and mystery, is almost another character in this tale that twists, turns, and often doubles back on itself. Recommended especially for readers interested in exotic locales. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]—Roland Person, formerly with Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale\
Kirkus Reviews
Bangkok private eye Vincent Calvino's enforced vacation only plunges him deeper into Thailand's stew of violence. Beware of what you wish for. Calvino's imaginative tactics against delinquent tenant Apichart are so successful that his friend Colonel Pratt of the Royal Thai Police advises him to get out of town for a few days to escape Apichart's fury. As Calvino (The Risk of Infidelity Index, 2007, etc.) savors the view from his balcony in a Pattaya hotel, it's blocked by the figure of a woman falling from above to the ground 15 floors below. The local police naturally assume he's the killer, especially after they find out that the victim, assistant manager of a Bangkok insurance firm whom he'd glimpsed only once before, had paid to have Calvino's room upgraded to a suite directly below hers. No sooner does Colonel Pratt succeed in extricating Calvino than he's roped into helping fight a sex-tourism operation that targets children. It looks as if he'll never get back to his paying job: tailing factory owner Somporn, whose "minor wife," a lady aptly named Meow, evidently has even more unsavory connections of her own. Once he bears down on the case, Calvino will find that his client, a private prison contractor bent on avenging a murdered son, is just as dangerous as the lowlifes he has in his sights. Enough tangled plotlines for a miniseries. Moore clearly has no fear that his gloriously corrupt Bangkok will ever run dry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802145116
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Vincent Calvino Series , #10
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.89 (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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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    Thai P.I.

    Christopher Moore writes novels about an expat American detective who does P.I. work in Thailand. I have only read one of the other novels, that being The Risk of Infidelity Index. That led me to buy this one, and I was quite happy with the story about snipers planning to take on a Thai businessman. Thailand crime novels take place in the midst of many interesting scenarios, not the least of which is the corruption in the country itself. There are crooked cops, drugs, child slavery, lots of different sex angles, all involving smiling folks who serve the needs of American tourists. Moore plays each of these cards well, and in a way that makes you feel a part of the story. He does a good job on keeping his cards close, so that you can't figure his next move. Altogether it makes for a good read.

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