In District 8, the underbelly of Bangkok's crime world, a dramatically mutilated body is found in a hotel bedroom. It looks bad, but gets worse when the self-confessed murderer is the beautiful Chanya, the best 'working girl' at The Old Man's Club, a brothel owned jointly by Sonchai's mother and his boss.
Bangkok, rich in history and spirituality, crowded with temples, markets and canals, is also a city shrouded in shadows. Polluted, corrupt, infamous as the sex capital of the world, it is a place where wealth, poverty and unimaginable evil walk hand in hand. In District 8, the underbelly of Bangkok's crime world, a dramatically mutilated body is found in a hotel bedroom. It looks bad: the corpse - who's been flayed - is CIA. And it gets worse when the self-confessed murderer is the beautiful Chanya - the best 'working girl' at The Old Man's Club, a brothel owned jointly by Sonchai's mother and his boss, Police Colonel Vikorn. Alerted by Sonchai, Vikorn quickly concocts a cover-up that involves an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell, located in a southern Thai border-town where, since 9/11, the CIA has also had a covert presence. So far so good: but the truth will be harder to come by, and it will require Sonchai to find an ever more delicate balance, between his ambition (western) and his Buddhism (eastern), while he runs the gamut of Bangkok's drug-dealers, prostitutes, bad cops, even worse military generals, and the pitfalls of his own melting heart. Crowded with astonishing characters, redolent with the authentic, hallucinogenic atmosphere of Bangkok, with needle-sharp observations about the clash of cultures when East meets West, this is a literary thriller like no other.
"An original, imaginative thriller. . . . Burdett writes like a dark angel." -"Chicago Tribune" "You will read on and on, with wide-eyed fascination, some horror. . . and considerable delight. . . . If you're looking for a good time, look no further." -"The Washington Post Book World" "Mesmerizing: a comic tour of the underbelly of Bangkok in pursuit of both a murderer and the sublime."-"The New Yorker"
About John Burdett
John Burdett is a former lawyer who worked in Hong Kong until he found his true vocation as a writer. An Englishman by birth, he has lived in France and Spain, and is now back in the Far East. His previous novel, Bangkok Eight, also features Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and is available as a Corgi paperback.
Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett
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