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Bangkok Tattoo

By John Burdett

Bangkok Tattoo
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  • Hardcover: May 2005,
    320 pages.
    Paperback: Jul 2006,
    320 pages.

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At the age of 50 John Burdett gave up his life as a partner in a premier law firm with a luxury apartment on "The Peak" in Hong Kong, sold his worldly possessions and set out to try his hand at what he'd wanted to do all along - write books.  He is now about 55 and the author of four books including the two Bangkok thrillers starring Sonchai Jitpleecheep.  He was born in North London, his father was a policeman, his mother a seamstress - and writing was obviously in his blood from an early age - when he was about 8 his teacher asked him to write a few sentences about himself, he responded with a 20-page document! 

He read literature at the University of Warwick, on graduating in 1973 he considered trying to make his living as a writer but took a law degree instead.  He started as a barrister* in London, and then moved to Hong Kong where he worked as a government attorney, from there he moved into private practice.  He wrote his first...

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