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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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A brilliantly cynical mystery thriller set in Bangkok

The bad guys in John Burdett's mysteries are relatively easy to spot - despite many a twist and turn, the reader will probably identify the culprit before Sonchai does, but the mystery is not the reason you'd want to be reading Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo anyway.  The reason to read them is to encounter a whole new culture and an entirely different way of thinking - a culture so different to what most of us know that it might as well be a parallel universe - a place where things run smoothly because of, not despite of, the corruption; and old-timers look back on the Vietnam War as the good old days.

The strength of the series comes not only from the setting but Burdett's chief protagonist - Sonchai, probably the only policeman in town who doesn't take bribes, is a Buddhist whose investigative methods include dream messages from a former (now dead) partner...

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