Sonchai has seen virtually everything on his beat in Bangkoks District 8, but nothing like the video hes just been sent anonymously: Few crimes make us fear for the evolution of our species. I am watching one right now.
Hes watching a snuff film. And the person dying before his disbelieving eyes is Damronga woman he once loved obsessively and, now it becomes clear, endlessly. And there is something more: something at the end of the film that leaves Sonchai both figuratively and literally haunted.
Starred Review: "Expertly juggling elements that in lesser hands would become confused or hackneyed, Burdett has created a haunting, powerful story that transcends genre." - PW.
Starred Review:His third effort goes further, building on the exquisite moral ambiguity implicit in both setting and hero with tighter plotting and, if possible, an even more potent mix of underworld seaminess, startling tenderness, and Buddhist wisdom .... certainly the genre's most intriguing sleuth." Booklist
"Burdett holds our attention throughout a breezy tale reminiscent of the late, great Ross Thomass byzantine Asian-inflected capers." Kirkus Reviews.
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John Burdett is a nonpracticing lawyer who worked in Hong Kong for a British firm until he found his true vocation as a writer. Since then, he has lived in France and Spain, and Thailand and is now back in Hong Kong. His novels include Bangkok 8, A Personal History of Thirst, The Last Six Million Seconds and Bangkok Tattoo.
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