Bangkok 8

By John Burdett,

Book cover of Bangkok 8: A Royal Thai Detective Novel

Book description

In surreal Bangkok, city of temples and brothels, where Buddhist monks in saffron robes walk the same streets as world-class gangsters, a US marine sergeant is killed inside a locked Mercedes by a maddened python and a swarm of cobras. Two policemen - the only two in the city not…

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1 author picked Bangkok 8 as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I’d never heard of or seen a copy of this book before I randomly encountered it in the Frankfurt central train station.

I was instantly captivated by the unique voice of the protagonist, a Bangkok police detective named Sonchai Jitpleecheep. 

Sonchai is half-white, half-Thai, and acts as the reader’s guide to the seedier side of Thai culture, politics, and society. As with any crime novel, the focus of the narrative is on sex, drugs, and crime, but this is balanced with witty and insightful bon mots, courtesy of Sonchai’s Buddhist upbringing.

While none of the subsequent novels in the series…

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