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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,700 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Burdett Narrator: Glen McCready Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sonchai Jitpleecheep Mysteries Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9781440798702
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Critically acclaimed, nationally bestselling author John Burdett has earned starred reviews for the fast-paced action, snappy dialogue, and gritty realism of his thrilling tales starring Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep. In this vibrant and witty novel, devout Buddhist Sonchai relies on his karma to guide him through the seamy underbelly of Bangkok as he pieces together the scattered clues of a complex mystery. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bangkok 8 turned out to be such a dazzlingly unusual detective story that I bought twenty-five copies of the thing and began giving them away. John Burdett is the mastermind behind these cops and robbers tales set in Thailand. This is not the tourist’s Thailand! You won’t read anything else like Burdett, nor will you ever escape the spell of his extraordinary Buddhist detective, Sonchai Jitpleecheep…Now, happily, he has another one titled Bangkok Haunts…Highly recommended.”

    Liz Smith, New York Times bestselling author

  • Bangkok Haunts opens up new avenues of awe…The wonder of Burdett’s hallucinatory brand of Southeast Asian magic—which puts his novels in range of the fabulous Yellowthread Street procedurals William Marshall set in Hong Kong and of Colin Cotterill’s fanciful mysteries featuring the Laotian coroner-sleuth Dr. Siri Paiboun—is that this spooky stuff is manifested in a real world…The author, who clearly knows his territory, has a fine skill for distilling the morbid beauty (not to mention the grotesque humor) in scenes of everyday misery.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The pleasures derive…from the vivid portrait he paints of contemporary Thai life and mores.”

    New Yorker

  • “A wonderful mystery series that is at once sprightly and densely layered, like the Thais themselves…In Burdett’s always amazing Thailand, [Sonchai’s] differentness has made him a keen cultural anthropologist whose principles are as admirable as his insights are professionally useful and often deliciously droll…His captivating, sometimes teasing voice and Burdett’s affectionate take on everything visiting farangs find fascinatingly upside down and backward in Thailand never falter.”

    Washington Post

  • “Spellbinding…To conjure Burdett’s unique blend of garishness and gravitas, imagine a Conrad novel transformed into a video game…Burdett is equally good with male and female characters. His portrayal of Sonchai gains depth with each Bangkok novel, his apprehension of women ever more nuanced…[These] characters are scintillating; even more powerful is Burdett’s depiction of an economy with prostitution as a fundament…Shadowing Sonchai on his trip to the heart of darkness is haunting indeed.”

    Boston Globe

  • “First-person is a magic act most authors can’t work [but] Sonchai Jitpleecheep is, by contrast, as complex—and as conflicted—as his culture…Bangkok Haunts is a dreamy, dirty, remarkably nuanced book, a jewel half-buried in sordid earth, yet still aglitter.”

    Paste

  • “So rich with intellect and humor, with Thai atmosphere and Buddhist philosophy, even a denizen of Planet Yin may find herself bewitched and amused…Sonchai’s narrative is awash in a unique combination of mysticism and irony.”

    Newsday

  • “Superb…Expertly juggling elements that in lesser hands would become confused or hackneyed, Burdett has created a haunting, powerful story that transcends genre.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Burdett’s Bangkok may be the most vibrant landscape of any in current crime fiction, and Sonchai—an improbable mix of West and East, the fact-seeking investigator meets the tranquil Buddhist, at ease with contrary realities—is certainly the genre’s most intriguing sleuth.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Another intriguing mystery/noir novel…Fast-paced action and heart-turning plots. Sonchai becomes deeper and more intelligent with each novel, as do Burdett’s portrayals of a city where ambiguity reigns…Bangkok Haunts is a compelling, worthwhile read.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2014

    " Good, as usual for this series. The third in the Bangkok series -- a bit more graphic and harsh than the first two, but well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Pierce | 2/11/2014

    " The 3rd in this series and the story telling is just as strong as ever. It's not so much the "whodunit" aspect of these stories for me as it is the cultural context and spirituality which permeate the narration and plot. The ending in this one is particularly chilling. Good stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Manek | 2/10/2014

    " Detective story with supernatural overtones. Interesting. Full of adult content-- it's an investigation into a snuff film, and suggests there's a lot of prostitution in Thailand. Not to mention corruption. Can't help wondering if it's really as bad ad the author indicates. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 2/9/2014

    " Quirky series; a Thai Buddhist detective, with an unknown American father, and a mother who runs a brothel in Bangkok. Combines mystery, Thai culture and Buddhist philosophy in a very engaging way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise Love | 1/31/2014

    " Creepy mystery that I stuck with, though like his other books, I skimmed the slow sections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting read, in a sick perverse way. Not as good as the earlier books in the series, but adds new depth to the exotic spirituality of the characters. I hope there will be more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 david evans | 1/24/2014

    " Engrossing but too long -- not for the squeamish or the easily offended "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhodora | 1/21/2014

    " A prostitute is murdered and an investigation begins. Love these books especially with all the buddist thoughts. Can't wait for the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne Aitken | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book. It was about the life of a Thai cop trying to solve a murder in a corrupt police fource and country- It was also twisted with a bit of Thai Magic and sorcery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Wilhelm | 1/15/2014

    " I have enjoyed this detective series set in Bangkok but this book was a bit formulaic and a bit twisted. Maybe I'm tiring of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anja | 12/18/2013

    " Great book, it's the third in a series of mysteries and once again does an interesting job of intertwining Western and Eastern culture in a unique way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/17/2013

    " love this guy! guilty pleasure. fairly standard detective yarn / murder mystery, except the protagonist is a buddhist cop in bangkok, with a very unique world view. this is the third in a series (bangkok 8 is the first...start there) and i'm chewing them up like cheap gum. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robb | 12/7/2013

    " have grown accustomed to expecting the bangkok _______ mysteries to have few traditional big reveals at the end. (moral) ambiguity or bust for 300some pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamilah | 11/20/2013

    " Listening to the audiobook. Very violent and disturbing, but good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josie Muehlhausen | 11/12/2013

    " If you like Bankok 8 and Bankok Tattoo, this is a must read, even better than the first 2! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 9/28/2013

    " Set in Bangkok, and evocative of the city, but the protagonist and the emphasis on the sex industry side of the city, which may very well be accurate, is distracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Epp | 8/3/2013

    " I was riveted by the 1st two. This one? Not so much. The peek into one slice of Thai society with the brothels and corrupt cops was intriguing in the first two. This one just seemed crass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Clavette | 1/11/2013

    " Amazing to be transported to another culture and enjoy it so much while viewing of the seedy nature of porn and prostitution there and here as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bree | 9/9/2012

    " I love Burdett's Bangkok series- the characters are engaging, the plots twisty, I'm ready to jump on a plane and eat my weight in kra prow. This book fell short of the others, but I'll be buying the next installment as soon as it's available. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Galena | 12/16/2011

    " usually don't read this type of stuff, but I was given this book on my way to Bangkok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ckbiffster | 12/11/2011

    " I've read Burdett's other two Thailand-set crime novels and loved both of them. The Thai-centric perspective of Sonchai,the detective protagonist and narrator, gives these books a unique slant in noir fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 4/3/2011

    " Not as good as "Bangkok Tattoo" but still a great thriller that offers incredible insight into Thai culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 3/27/2011

    " I loved all the John Burdett books but I had been in Bangkok and went again while I was reading one so it was vey interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arthur | 12/26/2010

    " A great tour of Thai society, cops, crooks, hookers, farangs (Westerners), Buddhists, ghosts and dead bodies. A bit heavy on the culture and light on the plot -- but worth the trip. The end, particularly, is a bit gabby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 9/20/2010

    " Another adventure in Thailand...this one a little more erotic and ghostly than the others, but a good mystery that you wondering what will happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 9/6/2010

    " facinating look at a culture- but convoluted plot gets in the way- hard to comprehend at times- yet worthwhile "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 8/23/2010

    " Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett (2008) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 8/10/2010

    " Sonchai's character recovered a bit frpm the 2nd book, but by the end, I was done with this series. Entertaining, but I've had enough. I'm scared of Thailand now. "

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About the Author
Author John Burdett

John Burdett is a former lawyer who worked in London and Hong Kong for fourteen years. He is the author of the bestselling Bangkok 8 and its sequels, Bangkok Tattoo, Bangkok Haunts, and The Godfather of Kathmandu. His other works include Freedom Angel, The Last 6 Million Seconds, and Vulture Peak, the latest installment in the Bangkok series. Burdett splits his time between France and Bangkok. 

About the Narrator

Glen McCready is a professional actor with extensive West End experience in the theater and musical theater, as well as in films and television.