A Royal Thai Detective Novel (5)
By John Burdett
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307474292, 304pp.)
Publication Date: August 21, 2012
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Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, but now he is heading out of his comfort zone. Way out. Assigned to the highest-profile case in all Thailand, he is tasked with ending international human-organ trafficking. His hunt will lead him across five countries and will draw in a host of unwitting players, including an aging rock star wearing out his second liver, and his quarry, twin Chinese queenpins of the international body-parts trade known as the Vultures. Meanwhile, there are rumors at home that Sonchai’s wife is having an affair. Although he has always known about her disreputable past, this is something else entirely. Confronting the rumors—and controlling his jealousy—while embroiled in the most contentious case of his career may well be more than this detective’s Buddhist soul can handle.
John Burdett was brought up in North London and worked as a lawyer in Hong Kong. To date he has published seven novels, including the Bangkok series: Bangkok 8, Bangkok Tattoo, Bangkok Haunts, The Godfather of Kathmandu, and Vulture Peak.
“Hallucinatory. . . . Not for the faint of heart . . . a classic head trip.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Redolent—in the most enjoyable way—of crime, violence, corruption and sex, not necessarily in that order. Vulture Peak upholds the high standards set by its predecessors.”
—The Washington Post
“Fine entertainment, with bite, from an author at home in many different worlds.”
“Time and again, John Burdett breaks the crime-thriller mold. And then reassembles it, piece by piece. His narrative becomes more than the sum of its parts. . . . Thoroughly enjoyable.”
—New York Journal of Books
“If you have never read John Burdett, the perfect place to start would be Vulture Peak.”
“John Burdett is writing the most exciting set of crime novels in the world.”
“What keeps the book buoyant is the observations of the hero, a Thai police detective obsessed with karma.”
—The New Yorker
“You might find yourself addicted to Burdett’s sizzling prose.”
—San Antonio Express News
“Intricate and . . . engaging.”
—Newark Star Ledger
“Fresh, humorous, and full of insights into Thailand.”
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