Bangkok 8 : Sonchai Jitpleecheep

  • by John Burdett
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • Series: Sonchai Jitpleecheep
  • 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A thriller with attitude to spare, Bangkok 8 is a sexy, razor-edged, often darkly hilarious novel set in one of the world’s most exotic cities.
Witnessed by a throng of gaping spectators, a charismatic Marine sergeant is murdered under a Bangkok bridge inside a bolted-shut Mercedes Benz. Among the witnesses are the only two cops in the city not on the take, but within moments one is murdered and his partner, Sonchai Jitpleecheep - a devout Buddhist and the son of a Thai bar girl and a long-gone Vietnam War G.I. - is hell-bent on wreaking revenge.
On a vigilante mission to capture his partner’s murderer, Sonchai is begrudgingly paired with a beautiful FBI agent named Jones and captures her heart in the process. In a city fueled by illicit drugs and infinite corruption, prostitution and priceless art, Sonchai’s quest for vengeance takes him into a world much more sinister than he could have ever imagined.

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What the Critics Say

“A tour de force.... Burdett is purely and simply a wonderful writer.” (The Washington Post)
"A stiletto-sharp mystery/thriller... brilliantly rendered." (The Seattle Times-Post Intelligencer)
“Like Thai cuisine, Burdett’s comic thriller blends spicy, sour, salty and sweet - and makes for a delicious wake-up for jaded palates.” (People)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Very dissapointing

I had a lot of optimism for this book and tried to like it long after I knew it was a dud. The writing is juvenile. The references to Buddhism fortune cookie like. The story starts with a couple of detectives tailing a man driving through town, and though the car they are tailing is stuck in traffic and moving at normal speeds the detectives are forced to drive through alleys, do power slides and fly through the air to catch up, only to find that some assailants on motor scooters have filled the car with deadly snakes, scores of them and they have killed the occupant. The story does not improve from there, everything is improbable, is seedy, and poorly written.
Not recommended
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- Dennis

Audible needs to allow half stars, for books like this

Ok, overall, a good book. I bought the next in series. Great performance. My biggest complaint is the preachiness & "moralizing", although not in the way you will assume without reading the whole book. Not a western preachiness/moral majority/family values type of dogma. More of the opposite. But the problem is there is still hypocrisy in the author's moralizing. and it sometimes got in the way of my enjoyment of the book. I prefer Timothy Halinan's more honest perspectives on the good and negative of both cultures. Still, I am definitely going to stick with the series if the following books are as interesting!
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- Mark "Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio