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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Burdett Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sonchai Jitpleecheep Mysteries Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781415925560
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Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep of the Royal Thai Police returns in his riveting and smokily atmospheric new thriller.

A farang—a foreigner—has been murdered, his body horribly mutilated, at the Bangkok brothel co-owned by Sonchai’s mother and his boss. The dead man was a CIA agent. To make matters worse, the apparent culprit is sweet-natured Chanya, the brothel’s top earner and a woman whom the devoutly Buddhist sleuth has loved for several lifetimes.

How can Sonchai solve this crime without sending Chanya to prison? How can he engage in a cover-up without endangering his karma? And how will he ever get to the bottom of a case whose interested parties include American spooks, Muslim fundamentalists, and gangsters from three countries?

As addictive as opium, as hot as Sriracha chili sauce, and bursting with surprises, Bangkok Tattoo will leave its mark on you.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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.

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Linden | 2/18/2014

    " Ditto to what I said about the first in the series. Maybe this didn't seem as exotic because the news had worn off. I still liked it a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh Fish | 2/14/2014

    " Imaginative story and a page turner. It really shows the difference between Thai and American cultures and to some extent between the East and the West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/11/2014

    " The second in John Burdett's excellent Thai police procedural series, this does not suffer from sophomore slump. Burdett continues to round out his characters, their backstories and their relationships with one another, while advancing a deliciously gory plot involving a blood-soaked prostitute, dead CIA agents, a war between a police chief and a general, and a yakuza tattoo artist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 1/31/2014

    " MY favorite of the three. This author writes with intensity, passion, and knowledge. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 1/22/2014

    " A disappointment. While there were moments when remembered why I loved the first book (Bangkok 8), this book felt formulaic---the same elements that I loved so much---just more of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 1/20/2014

    " I am a big fan of John Burdetts writing but this book is not my favorite. I am having trouble staying with it this time but I won't give up - not yet "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marty | 1/20/2014

    " I liked it...I like the character and the visions of Bangkok. It feels real and possible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre | 1/17/2014

    " I really enjoy his books. Good plot, interesting characters, and a different perspective on the world. Was perfect for my long plane ride home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/17/2014

    " Not as good as Bangkok 8, it's prequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 1/13/2014

    " I didn't like this sequel as well as I liked the first one. This one was meandering, hard to follow, and lapsed into lecturing at times. I do like Sonchai, and the other characters are certainly interesting. I enjoy the vicarious Thai cultural experience, too. I'll probably read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/26/2013

    " More of the same world through a different story. Don't worry though. Sonchai is there to lead us farang safely through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 11/17/2013

    " Funny characters and story. I would be interested in the reaction of my son-in-law and daughter, who have spent time in Thailand. Well written, and a humorous take on Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, as well as the world's oldest profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 11/13/2013

    " great follow up his first Bangkok novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marketingguy | 11/8/2013

    " Another twisted tale of the bar girls, corrupt police and gangsters in Bangkok told by the only uncorrupted cop in the system. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 10/22/2013

    " Read within the past three years. Not sure of date completed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robb | 6/11/2013

    " fun. zanier than the first, with very non-zany subject matter. but, if burdett wants to criticize the west, he should do away with the mystery premise and just go full bore with travel fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse Fowler | 5/27/2013

    " 2nd book in the series and better than the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/19/2013

    " Chanya kills a john; Sonchai is sent to cover up and sort out. Never quite as good as the first one, but still quite good until the fizzly end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy Whorf | 3/2/2013

    " I love this writer! I've got to still read Bangkok Haunts, his new one. What great recurring characters. They are all so simple and straight forward and so complex and secretive at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 10/2/2012

    " Loved this sarcastic, witty book with a window into a totally foreign (Thai street cop) culture. Loved his turn of phrase here and there. Chuckled out loud, laughed out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sid Davis | 1/26/2012

    " A mystery set in Thailand, but really it's an English author's examination of western culture. Burdett isn't in the same class the other authors I've recommended, but this book is enlightening, and often bizarre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/22/2011

    " Loved the sequel to Bangkok 8. Same great Thai characters and culture references. Plus a good detective story! Not for the feint of heart, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 5/9/2011

    " Not the best book but it's passing time in the car. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra aka Sleo | 5/9/2011

    " Well not bad, but not half as good as the first one. And the narrator was a big distraction, although I got used to him after a while. Sonchai meets his soul mate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurel | 3/29/2011

    " The second book in John Burdett’s Sonchai Jitpleecheep series, Bangkok Tattoo, doesn’t disappoint. The characters are over-the-top and strangely likeable; the books difficult to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 3/28/2011

    " Imaginative story and a page turner. It really shows the difference between Thai and American cultures and to some extent between the East and the West. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 3/12/2011

    " Read within the past three years. Not sure of date completed.
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 3/7/2011

    " The "Happy Whore" narrative met the "Spiritual Oriental" narrative and had this ugly child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/24/2011

    " Fabulous series...this is the creepiest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 12/31/2010

    " Funny characters and story. I would be interested in the reaction of my son-in-law and daughter, who have spent time in Thailand. Well written, and a humorous take on Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, as well as the world's oldest profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 11/29/2010

    " I liked this a bit less than Bangkok 8, mostly because I got tired of being called farang (the Thai equivalent of "gringo"). Still a good story, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 11/26/2010

    " not the deepest book but a very good and interesting mystery. life in seedy Bangkok was interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasula | 11/26/2010

    " Wonderful sequel to Bangkok 8, loved to see how characters developed. Another interesting mystery. "

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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 Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.