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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (508 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: July 2012 ISBN: 9781464008184
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Nobody knows Bangkok like Royal Thai Police Detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep, and there is no one quite like Sonchai: a police officer who has kept his Buddhist soul intact—more or less—despite the fact that his job shoves him face-to-face with some of the most vile and outrageous criminals in Bangkok. But for his newest assignment, everything he knows about his city—and himself—will be a mere starting point.
 
Put in charge of the highest-profile criminal case in Thailand—an attempt to bring an end to human-organ trafficking—he sets in motion a massive sting operation and stays at its center, traveling to Phuket, Hong Kong, Dubai, Shanghai, and Monte Carlo. He draws in a host of unwitting players that includes an aging rock star wearing out his second liver and the mysterious, diabolical—albeit gorgeous—co-queenpins of the international body-parts trade: the Chinese twins known as the Vultures. And yet, it’s closer to home that Sonchai will discover things getting really dicey. Rumors will reach him suggesting that his ex-prostitute wife, Chanya, is having an affair. Will Sonchai be enlightened enough—forget Buddha, think jealous husband—to cope with his very own compromised and compromising world?
 
All will be revealed here, in John Burdett’s most mordantly funny, propulsive, fiendishly entertaining novel yet.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hallucinatory…surreal, exotic, rich…a classic head trip.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Beneath the bright and dark comedy of Burdett’s fiction is a deep strain of compassion and concern for the people who luck out in the big business of making dirty money, whether that business is conducted in Bangkok or on Wall Street. He’s a funny man, and a clever one, but he has things to say that are worth heeding.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Burdett’s writing remains fresh, humorous, and full of insights into Thailand.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stephen Hogan cleverly narrates this intriguing thriller, which takes place in the bizarre underworld of Bangkok…He describes the charms of Thailand and the splendors of Buddhism with serenity and a touch of sarcasm.”

    AudioFile

  • “As always, Burdett manages his multilevel plot with great dexterity, and, with Sonchai as our guide, he explores the lower depths of depravity with a bravura mix of horror and black humor. This series is not to be missed.”

    Booklist

  • “Hogan’s performance plumbs the characters’ collective hearts of darkness with an authenticity that is chillingly convincing and compelling. Fans won’t be disappointed.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Burdett’s strengths are tilted toward characterization…Sonchai remains a fascinating cross between Buddhist monk and hard-boiled detective.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the January 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 2/16/2014

    " Great writing and very entertaining plots. I enjoy the glimpse in a different culture - but wonder how much of it is common, or if his Bangkok is more like Hiaasen's Florida - entertaining but not what most people experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick F. | 2/16/2014

    " quite a fun and facinating read- great local and really involves the reader (the narrator addresses us throughout the book as DFR...you have to read book to understand what DFR means!) quite a good entry in a very good series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adrian | 1/30/2014

    " Eh. These books are losing steam. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoy this series with Bangkok policeman Sonchai Jitpleecheep - fascinating glimpses of Thai culture. Sometimes a bit rough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boris | 1/6/2014

    " Due out in US in January. The best so far of Burdett's five Sonchai Jitpleecheep novels. To read them is to experience the pleasures of Bangkok without the jet lag (ok, well, not all the pleasures....) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ahlgren | 1/4/2014

    " Enthralling but kind of gross to say the least. Makes one think about issues raised by medical technology. "

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

    " 3.75 but I will round it off. Mr. Burdett has a lot to say about globalism and the plot has more frightening possibilities than "Coma" did. This series keeps getting better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/3/2013

    " I am a big fan of this series. Light reading, great for vacations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel Milano | 4/13/2013

    " The usual John Burdett fare: hookers, ladyboys, psychos and clueless americans. I am giving it 2 starts because I happen to be in a good mood today. Tomorrow, it might have been 1 star, but never 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Levine | 3/27/2013

    " His best yet.From a plausible thesis concerning the black market for organ transplants we get comments on religion(eastern vs. western)logic politics paranormal events Aristotelian logic the sex trade happiness freedom etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 3/11/2013

    " wow, I need some time to digest that one. True to the excellence of the previous books. Sonchai Jitpleecheep might be the best character in detective fiction, and the pacing is so smooth that it seems Burdett must never hit a snag when writing. Brilliant all around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 1/24/2013

    " I'm sure I've missed most of this story, but what I got, I love. I really enjoy this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 1/21/2013

    " I'm admitting to liking his Bangkok books as a nice break, but this one was too eye-opening and gruesome for me. I had to put it away. Anybody know anything about the international black market in human organs? I don't want to talk about it yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/3/2012

    " Another great installment in the Bangkok series - as with the others Sonchai is struggling to balance his Buddha faith with the strange world of crime he must fight as a successful detective. These books are full of very colorful characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Mayo | 10/10/2012

    " A crime thriller containing elements of black market trafficking in human organs, politics, and the darker side of love, it read well. Boy, was it tough though! Enjoyed - "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig White | 10/8/2012

    " Not very good at all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Geller | 9/12/2012

    " I have enjoyed the Burdett series about a Buddist detective but the stories are becoming too similar. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallyaslibrarian | 8/7/2012

    " Finished my advanced reader copy. Review in Library Journal in October. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/13/2012

    " I really have enjoyed reading this series of books. Truthfully the first three were the best of the lot, still I like the characters and the setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 4/26/2012

    " I find this series to be a little long on the seamier side of life without a balance that makes such gutter slugging worthwhile. I do like the fact that the series is set in Thailand, but the more of them I read, the less that that is enough for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noreen Ackerman | 3/4/2012

    " Slow start but satisfying ending. "

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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

Stephen Hogan is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.