Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series #2)

Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series #2)

by John Burdett
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Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series #2) by John Burdett

Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller.A farang–a foreigner–has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co-owned by Sonchai’s mother and his boss. The dead man was a CIA agent. To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet-natured Chanya, the brothel’s top earner and a woman whom the devoutly Buddhist sleuth has loved for several lifetimes. How can Sonchai solve this crime without sending Chanya to prison? How can he engage in a cover-up without endangering his karma? And how will he ever get to the bottom of a case whose interested parties include American spooks, Muslim fundamentalists, and gangsters from three countries? As addictive as opium, as hot as Sriracha chili sauce, and bursting with surprises, Bangkok Tattoo will leave its mark on you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400032914
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/11/2006
Series: Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 809,445
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Burdett is a nonpracticing lawyer who worked in Hong Kong for a British firm until he found his true vocation as a writer. Since then, he has lived in France and Spain and is now back in Hong Kong.

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Bangkok Tattoo (Sonchai Jitpleecheep Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Tigerpaw70 More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in the Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep mystery series This sequel to "Bangkok 8" has all the elements necessary to take the readers on a precarious ride through the sweltering hot and sticky streets that form the flamboyant underbelly of one of Asia's most lively cities.... Bangkok. The mystery is told in the riveting voice of detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, a product of mixed parentage with Buddhist beliefs, a good cop by day and a papasan in the family brothel by night. The story opens with Chanya, a working girl at "The Old Man`s Club" (owned by Colonel Vikorn and Sonchai`s mother), returning from a trick, dazed and covered in blood, coincidently rumour has it CIA agent Mitch Turner has been found near by murdered and his genitals brutally mutilated. Chanya a popular and important asset to the club quickly becomes the prime suspect. Colonel Vikorn decides with the help of Sonchai to construct a cover-up to portray Chanya as a victim acting in self- defence....a statement is created and Chanya goes into hiding. Sonchai always the professional at heart, feels something is not right and the suspense escalates. Sonchai's investigation introduces us to prostitutes, katoyes( Lady Boys) sex tourists and very murky characters that roam the streets of Bangkok's notorious District 8. The action eventually takes us even deeper into the heart of Thailand, revealing a possible connection to Al-Qaeda, added to the saga is a mix of rogue CIA agents and drug dealers. A tattoo artist fleeing the Japanese mafia and a turf war between Vikorn and an army general heightens the intensity even further. The author has created one sophisticated novel full of marvellous characters, set in an intoxicating décor and told in a gripping manner. Definitely not a novel for the faint at heart, there is brutality and sexuality throughout and Bangkok's sleazy side is rather exploited to its maximum. Unfortunately being a sequel, the plotting seemed familiar and thus rather predictable in many ways, maybe if the prequel wasn`t still fresh in my mind, I would have a different opinion. I am looking forward to its sequel " Bangkok Haunts", but this time I will wait awhile before reading it
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Rahhhh!
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This is the 2nd of the series and I was tired by the end. It needed editing as the at times excessive details made me skip to get going. Fascinating locale but it ignores the reality of sexual slavery.
avid_reader14VA More than 1 year ago
Highly graphic images of the seedier part of Thai culture. Burdett spins a good tale though totally believable if you ever experienced Soi Cowboy, Pat Pong or Soi Nana. If not it'll be a journey into what you only thought existed in the underbelly of Bangkok and beyond.
beachpolly More than 1 year ago
I am going to buy the next ones in this series.
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QPhage More than 1 year ago
I read this book not realizing it was a sequel, and it was still fantastic. Burdett explores the sex industry in such a positive manner, highlighting it's benefits in society and for the women working in the industry. He depicts and interesting juxtaposition between the red light districts in Bangkok, and then in the United States (Texas, Las Vegas, and Washington DC). The rules that applied in the U.S. that were completely alien to a working girl from Bangkok, and the type of clientele each attracted. It was fascinating to read about the different expectations of the farang (white men) and the Thai men, the differences in how they treated and what they expected of a prostitute. The book interlaces the story with a corrupt police force, working to encourage the existence of the red light districts, and ultimately working with moral integrity against the corrupt military. For me, the legalities were a bit to exaggerated and over the top, distracting me from the story, but it does make for a fast and interesting read.
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Burdett brings back to life Euroasian Thai detective Sonchai in this eagerly awaited sequel to Bangkok 8. This time the plot is even more bizarre and the main characters even wackier. To ex-pats living in Thailand this book has allready achieved cult status.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much for its intelligence and worldly cynicism. My only (slight) criticism is the way the author wears his Buddhism on his sleave. I have nothing against Buddhism, but the constant references to character's past lives, for example, is a little tiresome. Still, very well worth reading.