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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (986 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Burdett Narrator: Stephen Hogan Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sonchai Jitpleecheep Mysteries Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781440791529
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John Burdett writes darkly inventive fiction with a comic twist. In The Godfather of Kathmandu, Royal Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is called to a grisly murder scene that could make or break his career, but he’s more worried about impressing Tietsin, his new Buddhist guru. However, Tietsin would rather use Sonchai to help him broker a heroin deal worth 40 million dollars. Left with no easy way out and plenty of moral conflict, Sonchai will have to decide between saving his soul and saving his career. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A dizzying array of multifaceted storylines…Burdett juggles the various plots with great dexterity…A whirlwind of a novel.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A blissfully nutty caper that brings back fond memories of the late lamented Ross Thomas’ crazy-quilt crime fiction…Distinguishing crooks from good guys is only one of the pleasures [here].” 

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The spiciest yet of Burdett’s exotic dishes.”

    Times (London)

  • “This is a novel brimming with observations and arguments, with absurdity and jokes…Witty, learned, and wild.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “It is the mordant wit of his exhaustively observant ‘monk manqué’ hero that fuels this blissful and dexterous book.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • “Burdett’s latest mystery is delightfully ambiguous, like life itself.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 2/5/2014

    " Sonchai breaks out of Bangkok. I found the dismissive asides to us farangs a tiny bit irritating. But the Sonchai of old is still there, but his fun katoey side kick has only a minor role in this one. I got a tiny bit bored about 2/3 of the way through, thinking he'd solved everything, only to have the pace pick up big time and RUN to the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Regan | 2/1/2014

    " Farang farang farang. Love this series but this is my least favorite of the 4. Still love reading the author's descriptions of the sensual Eastern culture and all it's many exotic flavors (doesn't everyone want to rush to their nearest Thai restaurant while reading this?). Still love reading about Sonchai Jitpleecheep. But this is a darker, harsher novel than the others. Think the author scripted unnecessary suffering for Sonchai. While the plot of all these books is East v. West - this one is condescendingly angrier towards the West. Miss the interplay with the FBI agent, which balanced the judgment. And that's my main irritation while reading this book: if I didn't have to see the italicized farang on almost every... other... page, I would probably have bumped this up a few more stars.( "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kay Churgel | 1/31/2014

    " I'm putting this book on hold. Will try it again later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derek Handley | 1/10/2014

    " It's an interesting concept, but the dialogue never rings true and the exposition grows tiresome. It feels like there's more love for the research than for the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chip | 1/5/2014

    " I have been a fan of John Burdett from his first book in this series, Bangkok 8. I find this a excellent series in its description of Thai culture. Not the travelog type but the real world on the street. Fascinating... John also explores the real aspects of Buddhism with each book which just adds more knowledge and thus additional enjoyment. But at the end of the day detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep is a joy to walk with. He is Sam Spade w/a sense of real life humor. I am both wary and giggling as we track down endless trials on the streets of Southeast Asia. You must read this (so far) 4 book series in sequences to full appreciate this fascinating real world scenario. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 12/31/2013

    " Fourth in a series centered on perhaps the only Thai detective not on the take (for reasons of religious piety), his fantastically corrupt boss (who recently acquired the Godfather films on DVD) and a Tibetan guru with a spectacular heroin connection. The characters are driven by motives genuinely alien to western readers (crime and punishment for devout Buddhists is a matter for reincarnation, not necessarily the courts) and the sheer louchness is astonishing. "

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

    " I'm not big on crime novels but I love every book I've read in this series about a Buddhist detective in Thailand who is half owner in a brothel and whose partner is a pre-op girl-boy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chuck | 12/22/2013

    " Three stars - it was entertaining but strange. A good entertaining book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amweatherill | 12/21/2013

    " Hated this book. Loved the first one in the series but the rest have not been worth my time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan de Wit | 11/28/2013

    " Hilarious, serious and highly entertaining. Excellent reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 11/23/2013

    " Burdett delivers big time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 10/23/2013

    " Another great story from John Burdett, who never disappoints. I love the way that his character Sonchai Jitpleecheep addresses his readers. He knows we're all 'farang' and treats us as such. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 3/5/2013

    " compulsively readable and entertaining, much like the other bangkok series of books by burdett. can't wait for the next one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William Beauvais | 11/20/2012

    " wonderful set of characters and escapades. ain't it interesting when the main character is supported by a cast of far more fascinating players? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marg | 10/11/2012

    " This is another wowser of a book from John Burdett. I have read all of his books and am never disappointed. The addition of spiritualism to this book made me want to read it again soon. another book I highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philippa | 6/13/2012

    " Having read number 4 in this series about a bent cop in Bangkok of Thai/US ancestry, I'll be looking out for the others. Plenty of action, insights into Buddhism, and humour, narrated by a wise-cracking, entertaining smart-arse in vivid and inventive prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suevw | 3/27/2012

    " what fun! I have missed getting to read his books - want to go back and read them all again now. Main character and getting to feel like you are learning about another culture is very captivating. Ok so a bit grizzly in parts but the twists sure kept me wanting more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/2/2012

    " Shirley P "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne Lange | 12/14/2011

    " Great read. Love Jitpleecheep as always. The bonus: two surprise endings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 loafingcactus | 10/11/2011

    " Fantastic, as always. This time with a small bibliography if one wants to understand more of the history and culture displayed in the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/16/2011

    " raymond chandler meets one tough buddhist. good mystery, good world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 5/15/2011

    " I lost patience with John Burdett on book three of his Bangkok series, but this one is a return to form. Funny, spooky, bloody, filled with double and triple crosses, great characters, and great plotting. Liked it a lot - recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cathy | 5/11/2011

    " note to self. do not read any more mysteries that take place in thailand. way too gritty although this one was full of itself trying to make lite of the awfulness surrounding it and also jumping around like mad so you can't figure out where you're at in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 2/26/2011

    " Great audiobook. Fun buddhist detective story set in Thailand and Nepal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martin | 2/7/2011

    " Quite jolly. Same series as Bangkok ei8ht. Good characterisation, and interesting story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 2/4/2011

    " Another highly entertaining volume in the Bangkok series. I sure hope Burdett keeps writing about Sonchai, our intriguing detective. Once again, there was a compelling mystery with good twists and turns, keeping me rapidly turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Voracious | 1/9/2011

    " Love the combination of Bangkok craziness, moral ambiguity, Buddhist philosophizing, and great story telling. This is the best book of a great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 12/21/2010

    " very different but I liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mamacate | 11/18/2010

    " Okay, Burdett, hurry up and write the next one. I'm going to have a hard time waiting to hear from Sonchai again, but I'll try to meditate and see if I can get through. "

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About the Author
Author John BurdettJohn Burdett is the author of A Personal History of Thirst, The Last Six Million Seconds, Bangkok 8, and Bangkok Tattoo.