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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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.