Book Review: John Burdett – Bangkok Eight

John Burdett’s book is a very exotic thriller. Burdett begins Bangkok Eight with a murder. Unlike routine thrillers this murder isn’t crude and obvious. This murder is exquisite in its sophistication.

Bangkok Eight hasn’t anything like the Anglo-Saxon thriller genre. Nothing will prepare you for the storyline. Yes there’s a detective: Sonchai Jitpleecheep. He’s a Buddhist and is incorruptible in one of the most corrupt countries in the world. His mother is brothel keeper who was a prostitute and he lives in a hovel. He’s bi-racial, fluent in English and French and rejects western values. Not exactly Rebus, Morse or Reacher then.

Bangkok Eight follows the familiar narrative arc of thrillers. There’s a murder, a very complex investigation into an extensive crime network and a triumphant denouement. But the exotic nature of Bangkok and the multilayered investigation is an exciting read. The fascination levels never drop.

Why you should read this book: It’s a familiar genre done beautifully in an exotic setting.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: It might tell you more than you want to know about the Thai sex trade.

Buy it at https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_7?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=bangkok+eight&sprefix=bangkok%2Caps%2C157&crid=4B4TCNSC8LQP

Chris

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