Bangkok Haunts

John Burdett, Author . Knopf $24.95 (305p) ISBN 978-0-307-26318-6

At the start of Burdett's superb third mystery-thriller to feature Thai police detective Sonchai Jitpleecheep (after Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo ), Jitpleecheep shows old friend Kimberley Jones, an American FBI agent, a vicious snuff film he's received depicting the murder of an ex-lover of his named Damrong. Jitpleecheep and Jones maintain their complex platonic relationship as, helped by Jitpleecheep's assistant Lek, they pursue Damrong's killers. The trail leads them to an important banker, an American teacher, a Buddhist and an exclusive men's club called the Parthenon. Jitpleecheep, who now lives with Chanya, a former prostitute pregnant with his child, is visited in an erotic way by Damrong's ghost, while his corrupt superior, police colonel Vikorn, orders Jitpleecheep to help start a porn film business. Expertly juggling elements that in lesser hands would become confused or hackneyed, Burdett has created a haunting, powerful story that transcends genre. 75,000 first printing; 6-city author tour. (June)

Reviewed on: 04/09/2007
Release date: 06/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 289 pages - 978-0-593-05543-4
Paperback - 350 pages - 978-1-4000-9706-7
Open Ebook - 235 pages - 978-0-307-26695-8
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4498-9995-0
Open Ebook - 236 pages - 978-1-4721-0095-5
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