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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Burdett Narrator: J. Paul Boehmer, Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sonchai Jitpleecheep Mysteries Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739320273
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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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/30/2014

    " From the Gates Library. Of course we start off with a pretty gruesome murder! Oh boy! Burdett again leads us through the subtleties of Eastern society. And those of us with our Western limitations, are just trudging along behind Sonchai, trying to keep up! Even when you guess the who-done-it of this particularly gruesome plot, you can't put the book down! I love the way the political nuances are woven into the crime solving plot. Of course, I love Sonchai's tortured soul and his obsession with Chanya. The evil-genius of Colonel Vikorn is so prominent in this book. I wai to John Burdett and hope he keeps writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawne | 1/29/2014

    " The sequel to Bangkok 8. Not for Lutherans or the faint of heart. Never been to Thailand but I suspect this mystery captures its peculiar appeal. This one is quicker to draw the farang into the plot but just as foreign in narrative shape. All mysteries are first about a place that resists knowing, so this is as it should be. A guilty and delightful read for Mom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/26/2014

    " All of the comments that I made for Bangkok 8 apply to this book as well. This was the first of Burdett's books that I read, and although it was out of sequence, it didn't seem to matter. I read it mostly on the beach in Phuket, and it makes a great beach read. "

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

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/20/2013

    " I read this John Burdett book first and like Bangkok 8, its a wierd crime story that reflects Thai culture in an interesting way. If you are sick of the Alex Cross, VI Warshawski type stuff this is a breath of fresh air but still crime genre. Enjoy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Costacoralito | 12/6/2013

    " His best book. Very enjoyable romp through Bangkok streets solving a murder mystery and getting to know all the street people, police, army, monks, kathoey, boy girls, and the vibrant life on the streets. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/11/2013

    " I liked listening to Bangkok 8 enough to give the second in the series a listen. Another enjoyable listen! The plot is complex, with a surprise turn or two and interesting insight into life in Thailand. If you enjoy a good mystery set in an exotic location then this series is a good read/listen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Jones | 8/29/2013

    " I wonder what Thai people think about this author - a white guy writing from a Thai cop's pov. A really compelling voice - sometimes the story goes over the top, but there is a gentle humor in it that I really like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dora Maw | 6/21/2013

    " Very informative about how the sex industry in Thailand works. A good story, very informative about buddhist religion. Shows money can buy anything. I think that the descriptive detail of this book is a little bit too much, with quite not enough storyline. Might change - I am only half way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia | 6/2/2013

    " Sequel to Bangkok 8. Fun reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 5/29/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 3/13/2013

    " whoa. thai mystery sex commerce and tattoos. there are some intense parts, and once it gets rolling, i couldn't put it down. didn't think i liked mysteries, but this changed my mind! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Driscoll | 12/21/2012

    " The second Bangkok noir thriller in the series is just as dark, sleazy and filled with Eastern mysticism as the first. It's also even more over the top - and I have to say that after the first installment, I find that a little surprising. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/13/2012

    " As thoroughly enjoyable as the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 11/8/2012

    " This is book #2 in the Bangkok trilogy. It was fun - a bit more twisted and dark than its predecessor. I would categorize it as a good plane read, i.e. a mystery page-turner, with appeal to people in particular who have been to Bangkok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ariana | 6/23/2012

    " Best trashy detective novel ever. All of John Burdett's Bangkok series is great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 patience | 5/30/2012

    " Foodstalls that sell, spicy food, corrupt officials who outsmart the colonialists, admirable brothel workers. I love John Burdett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keke | 1/24/2012

    " Another murder mystery in the Bangkok red light district. The condescending tone of the narrator got to be a little irritating but I really like this series. The plot is both twisty and twisted. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 9/21/2011

    " It was an interesting look into Bangkok's sex industry and the way the women view Westerners, but as a thriller goes it was just alright. "

  • 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. "

  • 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.