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The Risk of Infidelity Index (Vincent Calvino Series #9)by Christopher G. Moore
In the twenty years he has lived in Bangkok, Christopher G. Moore has written nine novels starring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in the steamy Thai capital. Internationally acclaimed, the prize-winning novels have been translated into ten languages, and were first published in North America in 2007, with The Risk of Infidelity
In the twenty years he has lived in Bangkok, Christopher G. Moore has written nine novels starring Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in the steamy Thai capital. Internationally acclaimed, the prize-winning novels have been translated into ten languages, and were first published in North America in 2007, with The Risk of Infidelity Index, the latest in the series. When Calvino’s surveillance of a drug piracy ring ends in definitive video evidence, it looks like his fortunes are about to turn. But when Calvino’s client dies of a heart attack, and he finds the body of a murdered massage girl downstairs, the authorities get suspicious of the farang in the wrong place at the wrong time, twice. To make matters worse, with the dead man unlikely to pay, Calvino is forced to take on a job he doesn’t want, trailing the spouses of three expat housewives who have been rattled by “The Risk of Infidelity Index,” a handbook that ranks Bangkok as the city where men are most likely to stray. Unfortunately for Calvino, jealous wives tend to be unhappy, regardless of the results, and drug pirates aren’t the type to play nice.
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Moore, whose novels have been translated into German, Japanese and eight other languages, makes his U.S. debut with a low-key thriller, part of a series to feature Vincent Calvino, a disbarred American lawyer working as a PI in Bangkok, Thailand. An apparent suicide in a failing massage parlor below Calvino's office may be related to the suspicious heart attack of his biggest client, attorney Andrew Danielson. When Danielson's law firm refuses to pay Calvino's outstanding fees, luck arrives in the form of prissy attorney John Lovell. Lovell has been cut loose from the same law firm because of fears he might pry into Danielson's death. He also knows a lot about local celebrity Khun Weerawat's shady deals, which may be relevant to Calvino's investigations for Danielson. As Calvino tries to connect the dots and find out what happened to Danielson, he also attempts to solicit business from four women afraid their husbands are cheating on them. The breezy quality of the scenes with the suspicious wives, the lack of depth to Calvino's character and a predictable resolution undermine an otherwise complex, intelligent novel. (Jan.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
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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When I moved to Thailand from the United States in June of 1995, I hove to in Bangkok to get my bearings. I was sitting at a table in the old Thermae on Sukhumvit Road when Christopher Moore asked if he and a friend could join me. Moore, there to gather material for his writing, ordered Chicken-in-a-basket and introduced himself as an author. Reading his books through the intervening years, he paints a picture of Bangkok and other Asian cities I have visited that is familiar and revealing, and always with insights that I have overlooked. It's obvious that he has walked the streets in his settings, and not used a tourist book as a template. His observations on the relationships between Thais and foreigners are particularly insightful, a welcome beam of light in an always confusing arena. He is sensitive to the different mannerisms of Asians in diverse countries. He picks up on cultural dynamics, the interactions of the multitude of groups, local and foreign, that find themselves thrown together. Moore has his finger on the pulse of the undercurrents of a multi-faceted, multi-ethnic, fascinating country at a unique place in time. His character Vincent Calvino is not a superman, but a regular guy... with ethics. Despite his long residence in Thailand, he is still something of a stranger in a very strange land, trying to make his way without stepping on toes, but inevitably doing so. In 'The Risk of Infidelity Index', Calvino takes on an edge, determined not to be denied his due, and delivering their bill to some deserving individuals. The tone of this book brings an immediacy to the story as it unfolds. You can smell the fragrance of the tropical night, feel the humidity, experience the tension between the protagonists. It's one of Moore's best yet.
It's always interesting to me to read a story of intrigue centered in Bangkok, where mystery seems to lurk around every corner. Here farangs (foreigners) try to make deals with the locals that end up biting them in the butt, but there's never a shortage of new faces thinking they can do better. Vincent Calvino, the private detective of this story, is a character you can feel comfotable with as he turns the dark corners in his efforts to make right from wrong.
In Bangkok, attorney Andrew Danielson hires American expatriate private investigator Vincent Calvino to look into an illegal drug operation. With the $10,000 fee and an expected success, Vincent believes he will obtain an investigative position with the World health organization New York as he has the proof.--------------- Two floors below his office is the One Hand Clapping massage parlor Vincent breaks down the door as he expects trouble inside. He is right because he find a dead nineteen years old young 'working' girl lying in her bed. The same day Andrew dies from an alleged heart attack his law firm refuses to pay Vincent his expenses let alone his fee. As demonstrations rock the city, Vincent finds himself unpaid and short cash. Three of the Fab Four expatriate female friends hire him to conduct surveillance of their spouses. Debra, Janet and Ruth have just read The Risk of Infidelity Index, which names Bangkok as the number one city for spousal infidelity. The fourth member Ruth is a recent widow her spouse Andrew having just died from cardiac arrest. All three of his recent activities soon tie together in a major complex fiasco in which he may return to New York for his funeral instead of for a job.------------- THE RISK OF INFIDELITY INDEX is a terrific Bangkok investigative tale starring an American expatriate who finds he is getting deeper into trouble when he just wants to collect his fee. The story line is at its best when Vincent causes havoc or explains life in Thailand wit its¿ spiders, frogs and shells. When the Fab Four appear, the plot turns humorous but loses a bit of its Asian Urban Noir feel. Still this American Farang's misadventures are fun to follow (see MINOR WIFE and SPIRIT HOUSE) as they rival the BANGKOK HAUNTS of John Burdett.------------- Harriet Klausner
Chrstopher G Moore is writing some of the best novels on the market today. His works are edgy and slap down to the point.