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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:
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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Pamela | 1/30/2014

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

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